The Colgate Bookstore will host a discussion with Professor Philip Richards, author of the memoir An Integrated Boyhood: Coming of Age in White Cleveland, on Tuesday, September 18 at 5:30pm in the Class of 2003 Events Room (third floor) at 3 Utica Street in Hamilton, NY.
An Integrated Boyhood is the memoir of a bookish black youth in mid-twentieth century Cleveland. When Phillip Richards graduated from Yale in 1972, he had fulfilled his parents’ dreams. But his exemplary middle-class Cleveland childhood left him hopelessly confused and dislocated at the very moment of his parents’ triumph.
His narrative of success provides the background to a more private turmoil: Richards’s struggle to read the shifting meanings of his privileged experience amid the city’s shifting racial lines, the fringe on the Left, the tumult of rising black consciousness, and the fears of nervous white suburban neighbors. This coming-of-age story sings the under-song of an older generation’s hard-won success. Like all black Clevelanders, Richards was forced to struggle for his understanding of the city’s—and his own—endless racial confusion in the midst of frightening historical change.
Phillip M. Richards teaches at Colgate University, where he is a professor in the Department of English. He is the author of Black Heart: The Moral Life of Recent African American Letters.
A book signing and reception will follow. The event is co-sponsored by the Earlville Opera House and is free and open to the public. For more information you can call the Colgate Bookstore at 315-228-6944