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By Allen B. Ballard

An award-winning African-American historian and novelist takes the reader on a thrilling trip from a segregated Philadephia youth within the 1930's to mid-century Paris, Moscow, Cambridge, and Manhattan.

A wealthy narrative recounting the existence tale of award-winning African American historian and novelist Allen B. Ballard, Breaching Jericho’s Walls takes its readers on a thrilling trip from a segregated Philadelphia neighborhood within the Thirties to mid-century Paris, Moscow, Cambridge, and ny. the writer displays on his personal pioneering position as he expands his horizons, as one of many first African American scholars at Ohio’s Kenyon university, learning overseas in France and sharing a café desk with Richard Wright and James Baldwin, serving within the army within the American South and attending graduate tuition at Harvard college. turning into one of many nation’s first black Russian experts, Ballard experiences in post-Stalinist Russia for a 12 months, the place, between different adventures, he spends a month with Michael Gorbachev and his spouse, Raisa, on a Soviet farm. even though he tells his personal own tale inside Breaching Jericho’s Walls, Ballard additionally portrays the reviews of these northern African-Americans whose generations bridged the space from the legacy of slavery to the breakdown of the segregated procedure within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties whereas revealing the the most important position that folks like civil rights chief Paul Robeson, Olympic athletes Jesse Owens and lengthy John Woodruff, and pupil Alain Locke performed in inspiring the hopes of an oppressed and downtrodden race. A memoir choked with enjoyable anecdotes and insightful mirrored image, Breaching Jericho’s Walls deals Ballard’s compelling own tale and divulges how, brick through brick, African americans equipped the line that ended in the election of President Obama in 2008.

Breaching Jericho’s Walls is a journey-through-life ebook that takes the reader to attention-grabbing and extremely varied (surprisingly so) websites of reminiscence the place compelling reports occur. I couldn’t cease reading.” — Gloria Wade-Gayles, editor of My Soul Is a Witness: African-American Women’s Spirituality

“This is a wealthy memoir of African American middle-class lifestyles within the midcentury; it complexly considers the connection among and among category aspiration, educational fulfillment, masculinity, and various African American cultural attitudes. It’s instantly suitable to modern debates approximately education, race, and differential fulfillment; it really is wealthy intimately approximately segregation, civil rights, and African American success within the arts, athletics, scholarship, and business.” — James C. corridor, writer of Mercy, Mercy Me: African-American tradition and the yank Sixties

Allen B. Ballard is Professor of historical past and Africana experiences on the collage at Albany–SUNY and Professor Emeritus of Political technology at urban university of recent York. His formerly released works comprise books of nonfiction, The schooling of Black folks: The Afro-American fight for wisdom in White America and One extra Day’s trip: the tale of a kinfolk and a People; and novels, Where I’m Bound, a Washington submit impressive booklet of the yr and Carried through Six, winner of the “Honor booklet Prize” in Afro-American Literature from the Black Caucus of the yank Library Association.

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