Not A Genuine Black Man, Or, How I Claimed My Piece of Ground in the Lily-white Suburbs

Not A Genuine Black Man, Or, How I Claimed My Piece of Ground in the Lily-white Suburbs

Book - 2006
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Based on the longest-running one-man show in San Francisco history--now coming to Off-Broadway--a hilarious, poignant, and disarming memoir of growing up black in an all-white suburb

In 1972, when Brian Copeland was eight, his family moved from Oakland to San Leandro, California, hoping for a better life. At the time, San Leandro was 99.4 percent white, known nationwide as a racist enclave. This reputation was confirmed almost immediately: Brian got his first look at the inside of a cop car, for being a black kid walking to the park with a baseball bat.

Brian grew up to be a successful comedian and radio talk show host, but racism reemerged as an issue--only in reverse--when he received an anonymous letter: "As an African American, I am disgusted every time I hear your voice because YOU are not a genuine Black man!" That letter inspired Copeland to revisit his difficult childhood, resulting in a hit one-man show that has been running for nearly two years--which has now inspired a book. In this funny, surprising, and ultimately moving memoir, Copeland shows exactly how our surroundings make us who we are.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781401302337
1401302335
Branch Call Number: B COPELAND BRIAN
Characteristics: xviii, 250 p. ; 25 cm.

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