The Last Train North

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Council Oak Books, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 205 pages
In the sequel to his universally loved Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored, Clifton L. Taulbert takes the reader on a journey out of the segregated South of his childhood and into the explosive era of the 1960s.
This is the story of what happened when, at age 17, Taulbert boarded the Illinois Central train on one of its last runs out of Greenville, Mississippi, to St. Louis, the city of his dreams.
The reality he found was not what he expected, but it held its own warmth and promise. It was the world of the Lively Stone Church of God and the people who gathered there to sing, worship, and encourage each other as they had down south. It was the world of Brazier's Confectionery, the little black-owned corner grocery store, of the people who lived above the store and worked hard to make their northern dreams come true. Here Taulbert encountered the frustration of second- and third- generation northern blacks who were still barred by color from meaningful jobs and full participation in society.
The Last Train North is the story of one naive and hopeful "colored boy" struggling to become the strong, successful black man his southern community had sent him north to be.

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As a self-styled ``cultural diary,'' this sequel to Taulbert's rich memoir, Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored (1989), often fails to rise above a matter-of-fact blandness. In 1963, Taulbert, a ... Read full review

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Rendering his rites of passage as a rural, Southern, black man-child caught in social upheaval, Taulbert continues the autobiography begun in Once upon a Time When We Were Colored ( LJ 7/89). In the ... Read full review


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Clifton Taulbert, president and founder of The Building Community Institute, is the author of the internationally acclaimed, Eight Habits of the Heart (Corwin Press 2006), the awarding winning Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored (Penguin 1995), and the Pulitzer-nominated The Last Train North (Penguin 1995). He serves as a guest professor at Harvard University s Principals Center, Boston University s Center for Ethics, United States Air Force Academy, and the American International Schools Conference. An adjunct professor at the Federal Executive Institute, Taulbert is also a board member of the National Character Education Partnership and is on the Board of Trustees for Tulsa University. He is recognized internationally as a thought leader on the critical issue of community as a valuable asset for this century.

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