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Life on the Color Line by Gregory Howard Williams
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Mar 05, 2011

really liked it
Read in March, 2011

This is an excellent book related to segregation and discrimination in Muncie, Indiana (a city I consider to be in the North) in the 1950s and 1960s. The author grew up believing he was white until about age 10 when he moved back to his father's family roots in Muncie--where they had to live in the black area of town. No matter that Williams looked white, any amount of African American blood labeled him as Black in Muncie. He had to very carefully walk the line, especially when racist whites believed him to be white (by looks), but later found out he was black. His family life was horrendous. I can't believe the hardships Williams endured to become quite successful today. (He is now the presdient of the University of Cincinati.) His story needed to be told and I'm glad he took the time to tell it.

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