No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller (Google eBook)

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Carolrhoda Lab ™, Feb 1, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
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"You can't walk straight on a crooked line. You do you'll break your leg. How can you walk straight in a crooked system?"

Lewis Michaux was born to do things his own way. When a white banker told him to sell fried chicken, not books, because "Negroes don’t read," Lewis took five books and one hundred dollars and built a bookstore. It soon became the intellectual center of Harlem, a refuge for everyone from Muhammad Ali to Malcolm X.

In No Crystal Stair, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson combines meticulous research with a storyteller's flair to document the life and times of her great-uncle Lewis Michaux, an extraordinary literacy pioneer of the Civil Rights era.

"My life was no crystal stair, far from it. But I'm taking my leave with some pride. It tickles me to know that those folks who said I could never sell books to black people are eating crow. I'd say my seeds grew pretty damn well. And not just the book business. It's the more important business of moving our people forward that has real meaning."
  

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User Review  - Renee.Brandon - LibraryThing

Great novel about a man who was not just a bookseller. He sold and promoted African American's - through their work and words. He encouraged knowledge, reading, history, growth, development, and understanding. A great man. Read full review

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User Review  - bell7 - LibraryThing

Lewis Michaux grew up in Newport News, Virginia, the son of a black man who worked hard to own his own business and a mother who birthed sixteen children - twelve living - and struggled with ... Read full review

Contents

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19061922 Picking Pigs
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19221937 Happy Am I?
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19371945 I Am Not A SoCalled Negro
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19461956 The Home Of Proper Propaganda
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19581966 If The Truth Stirs It Up Let It Come
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19661968 Only A Tree Will Stand Still While Its Being Chopped Down
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19681976 Were Going To Call It A Day
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Source Notes
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Permissions
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Bibliography
178
Further Reading
182
Acknowledgments
183
Index Of Historical Characters
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Photo Acknowledgments
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About The AuthorAbout The Illustrator
188

Remembering The Harlem Professor
160
Authors Notes
166
Michaux Family Tree
169
Back Flap
189
Back Cover
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About the author (2012)

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, originally from a small Pennsylvania town, now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband.

R. Gregory Christie is a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winner and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award recipient. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Please visit his website to learn more: www.gas-art.com.

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