Pich�n Race and Revolution in Castro's Cuba: A Memoir

ISBN-10: 1556527675
ISBN-13: 9781556527678
Edition: 2008
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Description: Remarkable yet true, this engaging autobiography chronicles the development of one man7;s racial and political consciousness and his search for purpose in life. Vivid descriptions of Moore7;s poverty-stricken childhood-one steeped in social  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Remarkable yet true, this engaging autobiography chronicles the development of one man7;s racial and political consciousness and his search for purpose in life. Vivid descriptions of Moore7;s poverty-stricken childhood-one steeped in social exclusion, racial self-hatred, and maternal abuse-illustrate the universal questions of identity and race he experienced from an early age. After moving to New York with his father and siblings, Moore was shocked by new and dangerous challenges in the United States. Fortunately, he quickly found his mentor, Maya Angelou, as well as other intellectuals, artists, and scholars who taught him the deeper meaning of the black experience and the importance of truth and justice. His growing activism and revolutionary commitment eventually led him back to Cuba, where, despite the Revolution, skin color still determined one7;s treatment. Moore7;s eventual 34-year exile, and the hardship of an itinerant life, are frankly depicted, yet his overall story remains uplifting.

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri. At the age of 16, she became not only the first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco but the first woman conductor. In the mid-1950s, she toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess. In 1957, she recorded her first album, Calypso Lady. In 1958, she became a part of the Harlem Writers Guild in New York and played a queen in The Blacks, an off-Broadway production by French dramatist Jean Genet. In 1960, she moved to Cairo, where she edited The Arab Observer, an English-language weekly newspaper. The following year, she went to Ghana where she was features editor of The African Review and taught music and drama at the University of Ghana. In 1964, she moved back to the U.S. to become a civil rights activist by helping Malcolm X build his new coalition, the Organization of African American Unity, and became the northern coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Even though she never went to college, she taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. In 1993, she became only the second poet in United States history to write and recite an original poem at a Presidential Inauguration when she read On the Pulse of Morning at President Bill Clinton's Inauguration Ceremony. She wrote numerous books during her lifetime including: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now, and Mom and Me and Mom. In 2011, President Barack Obama gave her the Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor, for her collected works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She appeared in the movie Roots and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1977 for her role in the movie. She also played a part in the movie, How to Make an American Quilt and wrote and produced Afro-Americans in the Arts, a PBS special for which she received a Golden Eagle Award. She was a three-time Grammy winner. She died on May 28, 2014 at the age of 86.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Escape!
The Cuba of My Birth
My Heroes, the Jorocons
Child of Reason: Daddy's Favorite
Child of Anger: My Mother's Blot
Under Death's Shadow: A Family in Tatters
Big Mulatto Returns: The Racial Divide
Season of Guns: The Merciless Civil War
Coming to America
First Steps in the Land of the Free
My First Love
The Real Life: My Bohemian Fling
Leaning to the Left
What Is a Woman?
Encounter with Myself
Twin Stars in My Sky
White Warrior
Showers of Blood
Dancing with the Revolution
Neither White nor Black
Nightmare
An Appeal to Fidel
Shattered Mirror
Interned
The Coldest of Octobers
Gift from the Orishas
Adios, Cuba!
Frozen Fear
Return to a Wounded Country
Shadows of Power
Exiles Within
A Return to Self
Afterword
Notes
Index

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