The Invitation
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The Invitation

A Memoir of Hope Amidst Lessons of Race and Place

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Pages: 228

Trim size: 6.000in x 8.000in

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Paperback

Pub Date: 06/15/2024

ISBN: 9-781-5883-8520-8

List Price: $21.95

Hardcover

Pub Date: 03/01/2014

ISBN: 9-781-5883-8307-5

List Price: $25.95

eBook

Pub Date: 03/01/2014

ISBN: 9-781-6030-6351-7

List Price: $21.95

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NewSouth Books

The Invitation

A Memoir of Hope Amidst Lessons of Race and Place

A very personal story that revisits and confronts notions of race and place

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Born in 1945, Clifton L. Taulbert attended school in the Mississippi Delta during the era of legal segregation. Rising above the limitations imposed on him by a segregated South, Taulbert attended college, became a professional success, and wrote more than a dozen books that confront the racial climate of mid-century America, including the Pulitzer-nominated The Last Train North, as well as the award-winning Eight Habits of the Heart. Taulbert's book, Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored, was adapted into the 1996 film.

Taulbert’s The Invitation chronicles the author’s later consulting trips to Allendale, South Carolina, each year. At these yearly business meetings, Taulbert’s path crossed with the matriarch of Roselawn—a former slave-holding plantation still ensconced in the trappings of the antebellum South. From her, Taulbert—the great-great grandson of an enslaved family—received an unexpected invitation to supper. Although keenly aware of the historical impact of enslavement and prejudice upon his own life and family, he accepted her invitation. During their conversations, Taulbert finds himself in the presence of an aging matriarch who has her own agenda—one that unravels many of the incidents of race and place clearly known to them both. This unexpected meeting of two Southerners on either side of the racial divide and their candid conversations expose the life lessons of each. Their unplanned walk from a fraught Southern past to a future of possibilities illuminates their shared desire for more common ground.

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About the Author/Editor

CLIFTON L. TAULBERT attended school in the Mississippi Delta during the era of legal segregation. He would have failed, he believes, if not for the community of unselfish adults around him. Their presence gave rise to his first book, Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, which was included in the United States's gift to Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison and also became a critically acclaimed movie of the same name. Taulbert wrote a dozen more books, including the Pulitzer-nominated The Last Train North, as well as the award-winning Eight Habits of the Heart. Taulbert is president and CEO of Roots Java Coffee, the founder and president of the Building Community Institute, and has delivered training internationally, from NATO in Brussels to political organizations in Central America to Fortune 500 Companies and academic institutions throughout the United States.