Synopses & Reviews
In this direct, winning memoir, Charlayne Hunter-Gault tells the story of her life from her birth in a Deep South still living out the legacy of the Civil War to her historic role in desegregating the University of Georgia, a high point in the Civil Rights Movement.
Charlayne's father, an army chaplain from a family of preachers, was away more than he was home, so she was raised by her mother as part of a lively, affectionate extended family. From Due West they moved to Covington, Georgia, and eventually to "L. A." Lovely Atlanta, as it was known in the Black community where Charlayne began to show signs of the leadership that would characterize her later career. A year on an army base in Alaska provided her first full exposure to the white world. But it was in 1961, when she was one of two students to desegregate the University of Georgia and make that place hers, too, that she found herself calling fully on the reserves of courage, fortitude, and conviction instilled in her by her parents.
In My Place is a resonant success story a story of triumph over obstacles, of recognition and empowerment but even more it is a testament to the strength of family love, self-reliance, and self-esteem. Generous, witty, warmhearted, and dynamic, it tells how a remarkable woman became remarkable.
"In My Place is Charlayne Hunter-Gault's richly readable reminiscence of growing up black and middle class in the segregated South, and acquiring in that warm and caring environment the cold courage required to desegregate the University of Georgia." Derrick Bell
"Charlayne Hunter-Gault's moving, warm, frank autobiography is more than a personal chronicle. It is the biography of her generation for it epitomizes the experience of many courageous Black students who led the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. It is essential reading for those who want to acquire a better understanding of the impact that the sixties generation had on America." Joyce A. Ladner, Harvard University
The award-winning correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour gives a moment-by-moment account of her walk into history when, as a 19-year-old, she challenged Southern law and Southern violence to become the first black woman to attend the University of Georgia. A powrful act of witness to the brutal realities of segregation.
The award-winning correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour gives a moment-by-moment account of her walk into history when, as a 19-year-old, she challenged Southern law--and Southern violence--to become the first black woman to attend the University of Georgia. A powrful act of witness to the brutal realities of segregation.