Gail Lumet Buckley tells the story of her dynamic family during the most crucial century in African American history
The Black Calhouns
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-8021-2627-6 • $17.00 • Forthcoming in Paperback • Feb. 2017
978-0-8021-2454-8 • $26.00 • Cloth • Feb. 2016
In The Black Calhouns, Gail Lumet Buckleydaughter of actress Lena Hornedelves deep into her family history, detailing the experiences of an extraordinary African American family from Civil War to Civil Rights.Beginning with her great-great grandfather Moses Calhoun, a house slave who used the rare advantage of his education to become a successful businessman in postwar Atlanta, Buckley follows her family’s two branches: one that stayed in the South, and the other that settled in Brooklyn. Through the lens of her relatives’ momentous lives, Buckley examines major events throughout American history. From Atlanta during Reconstruction and the rise of Jim Crow, from the two World Wars to New York City during the Harlem Renaissance and then the Civil Rights Movement, this ambitious, brilliant family witnessed and participated in the most crucial events of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Combining personal and national history, The Black Calhouns is a vibrant portrait of six generations during dynamic times of struggle and triumph.