What I Know For Sure

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 8, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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From the man who catapulted the Covenant with Black America to number one on the New York Times bestseller list comes a searing memoir of poverty, ambition, pain and atonment.

Tavis Smiley grew up in a family of thirteen in rural Indian, where money was scarce and the sight of other black faces even scarcer. Always an outsider because of his race, economic background, and Pentecostal religious beliefs, he was sustained by his family’s love. But one day his world was shattered when his father brutally beat him, sending him to the hospital and then into foster care for a period of time. In What I Know for Sure, Smiley recounts how he overcame his painful history and became one of America’s most popular media figures.


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WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE: My Story of Growing Up in America

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PBS host Smiley (Hard Left, 1996) tells his rags-to-riches—or, more precisely, trailer-park-to-television-station—story.Born in Gulfport, Miss., in 1964, the author grew up in a large family that ... Read full review

What I know for sure: my story of growing up in America

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Host of his eponymous show on PBS, Smiley (Keeping the Faith: Stories of Love, Courage, Healing, and Hope from Black America ) here collaborates with biographer Ritz (Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin ... Read full review

Contents

Gulfport to Bunker Hill
17
The Bully and the Lesson
37
In My Fathers House
57
A Rage That Reaches to Heaven
75
America Has Defaulted
91
High School Hierarchy
97
Conflict of Sufferings
119
Brave New World
139
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163
Urban Angels Revisited
181
Chillin in the Deep Freeze
201
A Good
219
Big Mama
233
Forces of Light
251
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About the author (2008)

Tavis Smiley is the host of PBS's The Tavis Smiley Show. He also appears as a regular commentator on Tom Joyner's top-rated ABC radio show. He is the author of such bestsellers as Hard Left, Doing What's Right, How to Make Black America Better, and Keeping the Faith.David Ritz has written biographies of, among others, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and B. B. King. His latest book, Messengers: Portraits of African American Ministers, was published in 2006.


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