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The Resource BEING SOMEBODY AND BLACK BESIDES : AN UNTOLD MEMOIR OF MIDCENTURY BLACK LIFE, George B. Nesbitt ; edited by Prexy Nesbit and Zeb Larson ; with an original foreword by St. Clair Drake and a contemporary foreword by Imani Perry

BEING SOMEBODY AND BLACK BESIDES : AN UNTOLD MEMOIR OF MIDCENTURY BLACK LIFE, George B. Nesbitt ; edited by Prexy Nesbit and Zeb Larson ; with an original foreword by St. Clair Drake and a contemporary foreword by Imani Perry

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BEING SOMEBODY AND BLACK BESIDES : AN UNTOLD MEMOIR OF MIDCENTURY BLACK LIFE
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BEING SOMEBODY AND BLACK BESIDES
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AN UNTOLD MEMOIR OF MIDCENTURY BLACK LIFE
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George B. Nesbitt ; edited by Prexy Nesbit and Zeb Larson ; with an original foreword by St. Clair Drake and a contemporary foreword by Imani Perry
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"Like many twentieth-century Black families, the Nesbitts achieved an incredible transformation over the course of a single generation: from performing manual labor on the rural farms of the deep south to holding advanced degrees and owning property in the urban midwest, their family's story was lived or dreamed of by many who moved north during the Great Migration. In Being Somebody and Black Besides, George B. Nesbitt recounts the extraordinary struggles he, his parents, and his five siblings faced in their upwardly mobile journey from the Great Migration through the Freedom Struggle. Born in Champaign, Illinois, Nesbitt earned a law degree at the University of Illinois, enduring racist lectures and administrators who sought to penalize him when he advocated for racial equality. After graduating, he served in World War II, facing discrimination and harassment like many Black soldiers. And when the war was over, despite his education he held many jobs, some quite lowly, before he became deputy assistantto the secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Kennedy administration. A keen observer and narrator of race, Nesbitt recounts with righteous and justified anger his bitter struggles and incredible triumphs, shared by Black men and women in America. His beautifully written memoir is a rare example of a sustained first-person narrative about black life in this era. While many of his experiences will resonate with today's readers, others will provide a crucial glimpse into a chapter of Black life and its place in the unfinished struggle for racial justice in our country"--
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autobiography
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1912-2002
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Nesbitt, George B.
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no index present
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non fiction
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1972-
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  • Nesbitt, Prexy
  • Larson, Robert Zebulun
  • Drake, St. Clair
  • Perry, Imani
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  • Nesbitt, George B
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • African American lawyers
  • Civil rights workers
  • African Americans
  • Race discrimination
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BEING SOMEBODY AND BLACK BESIDES : AN UNTOLD MEMOIR OF MIDCENTURY BLACK LIFE, George B. Nesbitt ; edited by Prexy Nesbit and Zeb Larson ; with an original foreword by St. Clair Drake and a contemporary foreword by Imani Perry
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Foreword / Imani Perry -- A note on St. Clair Drake's "Foreword" / Sandra Drake -- Foreword to the George Nesbitt Manuscript / St. Clair Drake -- A note on the manuscript / Prexy Nesbitt -- Preface -- Our family's great migration : growing up Black in theshadow of the university -- A family which stayed together -- Learning to be somebody -- The comfort of my Negroness -- Going to university : labor and learning -- Town and gown : the difficulty of navigating two worlds -- Lawyer by day, redcap at night: union organizing and rabble rousing -- The army and its apartheid : the racial system in the war years -- The ugly specter of race discrimination -- Poking at the good, white liberals : discrimination veiled and rationalized -- An exceptional family inthe Lawndale ghetto -- The future of our people -- Postscript
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BK0027885661
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9780226783123
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2021016881
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BEING SOMEBODY AND BLACK BESIDES : AN UNTOLD MEMOIR OF MIDCENTURY BLACK LIFE, George B. Nesbitt ; edited by Prexy Nesbit and Zeb Larson ; with an original foreword by St. Clair Drake and a contemporary foreword by Imani Perry
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Imani Perry -- A note on St. Clair Drake's "Foreword" / Sandra Drake -- Foreword to the George Nesbitt Manuscript / St. Clair Drake -- A note on the manuscript / Prexy Nesbitt -- Preface -- Our family's great migration : growing up Black in theshadow of the university -- A family which stayed together -- Learning to be somebody -- The comfort of my Negroness -- Going to university : labor and learning -- Town and gown : the difficulty of navigating two worlds -- Lawyer by day, redcap at night: union organizing and rabble rousing -- The army and its apartheid : the racial system in the war years -- The ugly specter of race discrimination -- Poking at the good, white liberals : discrimination veiled and rationalized -- An exceptional family inthe Lawndale ghetto -- The future of our people -- Postscript
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BK0027885661
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9780226783123
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: HRD
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2021016881
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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