Clyde W. Ford
Author • Speaker
Making a difference through the power of the written and spoken word
JULY, 2019. Vol. 1. No. 2
From Where I Write, and Speak
I'm left speechless and with a deep sense of gratitude for all of the many kind endorsements which we've received for my latest book, THINK BLACK. Frankly, I'm a bit overwhelmed by what so many had to say. I wish I could reprint all of these wonderful comments in-full. Instead, here's a sampling of the remarks:
"An inspiring account of a father and son trying to break down racial barriers inside corporate America, and beyond. A must read."
“Weaves a powerful tale at the intersection of the dawning information economy and the ongoing struggle for equality and liberation.”
–Natalie Baszile, author of Queen Sugar
“An engaging look at our human and technological condition—and a company that sought to rule the world.”
–George Dyson, author of Turing’s Cathedral
"Using the experiences of both his father, and himself, [Ford] frames the story of race in America over the last 70 years.”
-Nancy Pearl, Book Critic and NPR Commentator
“A rich tapestry. Achingly reflective, enlightening, insightful, and essential to understanding the impact of corporate racism on individuals.”
–Dr. Julianne Malveaux, author of Surviving and Thriving
“Beautifully written story of the complexities of the relationship between a father and his son.”
–Dr. Steve Perry, host, Breaking Through with Steve Perry
"An unusual journey where the paths of race, relationships, and the social consequences of technology converge."
-Paula J. Giddings, author of Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching
"A compelling story of race, corporate achievement and a father-son relationship."
-Ron Stalworth, author, Black Klansman
"THINK BLACK will make you think… It should also make you wince."
-William H. Neukom, Founder, World Justice Project
“Sparkles with compassion and hard-earned wisdom... We’re reminded of the sacrifices legions of unsung ‘firsts’ made to integrate corporate America, and of the lonely battles ahead.”
–Pamela Newkirk, author of Spectacle
THE CONTENT OF MY CHARACTERS
I recently had the opportunity to speak at the American Library Association convention in Washington, D.C. not too far from the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin King delivered "I Have A Dream." It got me thinking about how too often writers of color are judged by the color of our skins, rather than the content of our characters or our chapters.
Read a full transcript of my ALA talk, "Race, Identity, and Writing" here.
SAVE THE DATE
On September 15, from 3 to 7 pm at Village Books in Fairhaven, Native American violinist, Swil Kanim; Skip Williams and Soul Shadows; and Village Books of Bellingham, WA will partner with me to host a Community Arts Event in celebration of THINK BLACK's release. Click on the cover above to read more about the book and the event.