Jerald Walker

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February 1, 2010 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Writers’ Workshop graduate Jerald Walker reads from Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption. Masterfully told, marked by irony and humor as well as outrage and a barely contained sadness, Jerald Walker’s Street Shadows is the story of a young man’s descent into the “thug life” and the wake-up call that led to his finding himself again. Walker was born in a Chicago housing project and raised, along with his six brothers and sisters, by blind parents of modest means but middle-class aspirations. A boy of great promise whose parents and teachers saw success in his future, he seemed destined to fulfill their hopes. But by age fourteen, like so many of his friends, he found himself drawn to the streets, his life spiraling toward the violent and premature end all too familiar to African American males. “This is a must read for everyone who cares about the questions and the quest that being a human requires.”–Nikki Giovanni. “Walker never fails to be honest where truth is needed and he never fails to be gracious where generosity is possible.”–Marilynne Robinson

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