BEFORE BARACK:: My Life Among White FolksThe Series
Prof. Derrick A. Bell (6 Nov 1930-5 Oct 2011), fierce civil rights activist, celebrated author, and Harvard Law School's first tenured Black law professor, writing about his protege of nearly 40 years:
"Bernestine Singley writes without restraint or regret about her life as a black woman in a constraining white world.
"Had her powerful work come to life in the turbulent civil rights era of the 1960s, publishers and readers would hail her as a more sharply worded James Baldwin. And alas, if Baldwin were writing today, his rejection letters would include the hand-written addenda that accompany hers: 'Exceptionally gifted writer…compelling story…wonderful pace…Unfortunately, we don't see a market for this.'
"Truth in racial presentation, though, is not time sensitive. As with a fine cognac, Singley's expressions bring the warming satisfaction of prophetic understanding."
We don't have to let it stay that way.