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My people : five decades of writing about Black lives
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Sharing her storied career spanning five decades, a legendary Emmy Award-winning journalist presents this collection of groundbreaking reportage, from the Civil Rights Movement through the election and inauguration of America’s first Black president and beyond, chronicling the Black experience through trials, tragedies and triumphs and everyday lives. 75,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

Sharing her storied career spanning five decades, a legendary Emmy Award-winning journalist presents this collection of groundbreaking reportage, from the Civil Rights Movement through the election and inauguration of America's first Black president and beyond, chronicling the Black experience through trials, tragedies and triumphs and everyday lives. - (Baker & Taylor)

“Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an eminent Dean of American journalism, a vital voice whose work chronicled the civil rights movement and so much of what has transpired since then. My People is the definitive collection of her reportage and commentary. Spanning datelines in the American South, South Africa and points scattered in between, her work constitutes a history of our time as rendered by the pen of a singular and indispensable black woman journalist.”-Jelani Cobb

From the legendary Emmy Award-winning journalist, a collection of ground-breaking reportage from across five decades which vividly chronicles the experience of Black life in America today.

At just nineteen years old, Charlayne Hunter-Gault made national news after she had mounted a successful legal challenge that culminated in her admission to the University of Georgia in January 1961—making her one of the first two Black students to integrate the institution. As an adult, Charlayne switched from being the subject of news to covering it, becoming one of its most recognized and acclaimed interpreters.

Over more than five decades, this dedicated reporter charted a course through some of the world’s most respected journalistic institutions, including The New Yorker, NBC, and the New York Times, where she was often the only Black woman in the newsroom. Throughout her storied career, Charlayne has chronicled the lives of Black people in America—shining a light on their experiences and giving a glimpse into their community as never before. Though she has covered numerous topics and events, observed as a whole, her work reveals the evolving issues at the forefront of Black Americans lives and how many of the same issues continue to persist today.

My People showcases Charlayne’s lifelong commitment to reporting on Black people in their totality, “in ways that are recognizable to themselves.” Spanning from the Civil Rights Movement through the election and inauguration of America’s first Black president and beyond, this invaluable collection shows the breadth and nuance of the Black experience through trials, tragedies, and triumphs of everyday lives.


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Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* American civil rights activist and award-winning journalist Hunter-Gault presents a sound collection of articles that vividly chronicles five decades of the African American and Black experience. While writing pieces for the New Yorker and working as a foreign correspondent for NPR and CNN, she was committed to highlighting civil rights issues, solutions, and Black lives during the civil rights movement. She now notes how many of the same problems continue to plague the community. She also shares commentary about people and events in Harlem, New York; her memories of living in South Africa for almost two decades; and stories about Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., and John Lewis. Throughout the years, Hunter-Gault has provided readers with stories about Black people not usually covered by mainstream media. She introduces readers to inspirational stories about fearless African American women leaders at the forefront of the women's liberation and civil rights movements, healthcare reform, and politics, including those striding toward democratic freedom during South African apartheid. My People is an inspirational collection and a must-read for aspiring writers interested in honing their craft and readers who want to become knowledgeable about Black lives past and present. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

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Library Journal Reviews

A nonchronological collection of reporting and essays, from the late 1960s through the present, by Emmy-winning broadcast journalist Hunter-Gault (New News Out of Africa: Uncovering Africa's Renaissance), who in 1961 was one of two Black students to desegregate the University of Georgia; she's been telling stories and taking part in civil rights activism ever since. Her writing vividly describes the twinning of her own embodied and intellectual lives ("Along with my clothes, I packed my racial consciousness," she writes) and documents watershed moments while retaining a clear-eyed perspective of racial narratives in the United States. In some of the texts, it's painful to see unbridled optimism countered by enduring racist efforts to whitewash history, but Hunter-Gault has organized the book in a way that balances disenchantment with hope. This collection compounds Hunter-Gault's impact by delivering a version of American history that is complex in its backward and forward glimpses and that reinforces the enduring need for telling old stories, so readers can relearn what they should have gotten right decades ago. VERDICT Hunter-Gault's book makes it easy to revisit difficult historical moments and envision better choices, better outcomes, and better futures.—Emily Bowles

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Nikole Hannah-Jones
Part I Toward Justice and Equality, Then and Now
Dispute Center Opens in Harlem
After-School School for Black Youngsters in Search of Heritage
Black Activist Sees New South: Lewis Seeks Funds to Help Enroll More Voters
Blacks Are Developing Programs to Fight Crime in Communities
Economist Finds Widening in Black-White Income Gap
Fighting Racism in Schools
More Negroes Vacation as Barriers Fall
Panthers Indoctrinate the Young
Police Seek "Bridges" to Harlem
Talking to Young People About Trump
Teaching the Civil Rights Movement
Today's Horrors Are Yesterday's Repeats
Urban League Director Accuses the Press of Ignoring Blacks
On the Case in Resurrection City
Part II My Sisters
2 Black Women Combine Lives and Talent in Play
200 Black Women "Have Dialogue"
Black Women Getting Job Help
Black Women MDs
Civil Rights Pioneer Ruby Bridges on Activism in the Modern Era
Many Blacks Wary of "Women's Liberation" Movement in U.S.
New NAACP Head: Margaret Bush Wilson
Poets Extol a Sister's Unfettered Soul
Shirley Chisholm: Willing to Speak Out
The Woman Who Will Judge Oscar Pistorius
Unlimited Visibility
Part III Community and Culture
7,000 Books on Blacks Fill a Home
An Entrepreneur's Trucks Bring Southern Soul Food to Harlem
Church in Harlem Plays Vital Role in Community
How Black-ish Unpacks Hard Topics with Humor and Nuance
New Museum Traces Black Stage History
Street Academy Program Sends School "Walk-Outs" to Colleges
The Corner
The Professor
Woody Strode? He Wasn't the Star but He Stole the Movie
Roots Getting a Grip on People Everywhere
Harlem a Symphony for Orchestra
Part IV A Single Garment of Destiny
A Rainy Day in Soweto
America and South Africa, Watching Each Other
Ethiopia: Journalists Live in Fear of "Terror" Law
New Party Urged for World Blacks
School a Beacon of Hope in Nigeria
The Dangerous Case of Eskinder Nega
The Third Man
Revolution in Tunisia and in the African Media
Violated Hopes
Part V The Road Less Traveled
A Walk Through a Georgia Corridor
A Hundred-Fifteenth-Between-Lenox-and-Fifth
A Trip to Leverton
After Nine Years: A Homecoming for the First Black Girl at the University of Georgia
How the AME Church Helped Build My Armor of Values
Lifting My Voice
Oak Bluffs, More than a Region in My Mind
Taunts, Tear Gas, and Other College Memories
I Desegregated the University of Georgia. History Is Still in the Making
Part VI Honoring the Ancestors
A Love Affair That Lasted for Fifty-Six Years
Black Muslim Temple Renamed for Malcolm X
Columbia's Overdue Apology to Langston Hughes
Remembering John Lewis and the Significance of Freedom Rides
Mandela's Birthday and Trayvon Martin's Loss
Postscript: Julian Bond
The Death of a Friend Inspires Reflections on Mortality
When I Met Dr. King
Nelson Mandela, the Father
Epilogue: Reasons for Hope amid America's Racial Unrest 339(6)
Acknowledgments 345

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