By Elaine Brown
Brown's account of her lifestyles on the maximum degrees of the Black Panther party's hierarchy. greater than a trip via a turbulent time in American background, this can be the tale of a black woman's conflict to outline herself.
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He looked at me more in puzzlement than anger. He was thinking about his other children. Jewell was doing well at Goucher, and Max was at Oberlin College. Daddy missed Max greatly. The two would sit before the seventeen-inch black-and-white Daddy had bought in 1951 and watch Meet the Press with Lawrence Spivak on Sundays. Twelve-year-old Jeanie was his favorite. She had found the way inside. She had softened him. Daddy looked at me again wonderingly, then wearily shook his head and walked out of the room.
Force buildup in Vietnam. I had dropped out of college and gotten drafted. ” But after a year on the dean’s list I began to do both. I had no clear idea of what I wanted to be or do. I was years away from developing the faculty for performing academic tasks that were unpleasant or boring. My grades plummeted. I was a star basketball player. Girls had begun to turn my head. The distraction was more than a man-child could manage. I needed a respite. I needed to grow up. ■ PART TWO ■ Bridges to Seriousness I have come to know race as a sealed dwelling with windows but no doors.
He would teach us by word and example to take stands on moral principle notwithstanding the price. Self-respect was all. Life without it was pointless. Daddy taught all day, coached his teams in the early evening, and ran the city recreation center until closing. M. M. Mama, academic success long behind her now, labored to make an uncleanable house clean, ugly rooms sightly. She taught me early on to wallpaper and paint. With tin patches she covered the holes gnawed through the three-quarter-inch-thick wooden baseboards by the furry bastards.
A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story by Elaine Brown