Spirit and Soul: Odyssey of a Black Man in America

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Xlibris Corporation, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 524 pages


Spirit and Soul: Odyssey of a Black Man in America, Volume One, an engaging, edifying autobiography by Theodore Kirkland, offers critical insight and politically cognizant commentary on the past, future and real-time reality of race relations in America.

His long career in law enforcement some 39 years total as a military police officer, Buffalo police officer, New York State parole board commissioner and adjunct professor begins by happenstance in the Air Force. Instead of being sent to gunnery school as he requested, he is ordered to report to the Army Military Police Academy in Camp Gordon, Georgia.

Kirkland's narrative voice in this page turner is clear, self-effacing and relentlessly candid unapologetic for the black and white of his experience, and cautionary in his instruction for navigation through the gray. Yet in every syllable, there is a remarkable, palpable love for his family, friends and community and unyielding commitment to upholding the Constitutional promise that "all men are created equal."

Spirit and Soul: Odyssey of a Black Man in America, Volume One is at once witty and wise; poignant, wistful and meticulously illustrative of an American perspective too often shadowed by stereotypes that contend that Black men contribute primarily to the prison population. It also is an important chronology of the evolution of African American life and experience from Jim Crow to contemporary "Post-racial America."

 

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Contents

Chapter 2
10
Chapter 3
24
Chapter 4
38
Chapter 5
54
Chapter 6
74
Chapter 7
90
Chapter 8
110
Chapter 9
126
Chapter 24
278
Chapter 25
286
Chapter 26
292
Chapter 27
314
Chapter 28
330
Chapter 29
346
Chapter 30
356
Chapter 31
362

Chapter 10
144
Chapter 11
152
Chapter 12
162
Chapter 13
166
Chapter 14
176
Chapter 15
184
Chapter 16
190
Chapter 17
198
Chapter 18
220
Chapter 19
228
Chapter 20
232
Chapter 21
242
Chapter 22
260
Chapter 23
264
Chapter 32
372
Chapter 33
386
Chapter 34
392
Chapter 35
400
Chapter 36
410
Chapter 37
420
Chapter 38
430
Chapter 39
452
Chapter 40
468
Chapter 41
478
Chapter 42
492
Chapter 43
498
Chapter 44
504
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