The high school years of a black boomer as he moved to racially-polarized Memphis after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It's a story of social change and shifting paradigms while coming of age during a seminal period in American history.
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|Publisher:||Alchemy Media Publishing|
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Table of Contents
The Phone Call
The Road Home
A Vietnamese Thanksgiving
Roots and Realities
The Golden Rule
Dancin’ In The Streets
History’s Road Trip
This story has been germinating for a long time. I guess you’d call it a memoir, but I think of it as a retrospective diary. I wrote it as a series of episodes, not in the contemporaneous diary musings of my teenage self, but with the perspective that decades of hindsight provides.
As I began, I quickly realized that as much as the story was about my coming of age as a black baby boomer, it was equally, and necessarily, the story of my parents. Shared history and the tradition of passing the stories down to the next generation is fundamental in many families. This story reflects the recognition of truths I’ve learned from my parents that I have passed on to my child with hopes that she will do the same.
Therefore, here’s to you, my dear daughter, Lauren, and to your children, Kennedy, Brooks and Marlee, as well.
This is the story of my family’s relocation from an interracial, suburban Chicago enclave to a tumultuous and polarized Memphis in 1968, just a couple of months after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The story encompasses my high school years, culminating on graduation night. Moreover, it’s a story of social change and shifting personal and societal paradigms. It represents one small and intimate chapter within the broader narrative of baby boomers coming of age during this seminal period in American history.
In addition to my wife and decidedly better half, Andrea, and family, I’d like to thank my dear fellow boomers and friends, old and new, and most particularly my Memphis pals, Dwain, Kelvin and “Popsy”.