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No Crystal Stair : A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller

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"You can't walk straight on a crooked line. You do you'll break your leg. How can you walk straight in a crooked system?"

Lewis Michaux was born to do things his own way. When a white banker told him to sell fried chicken, not books, because "Negroes don't read," Lewis took five books and one hundred dollars and built a bookstore. It soon became the intellectual center of Harlem, a refuge for everyone from Muhammad Ali to Malcolm X.

In No Crystal Stair, Coretta Scott King Award–winning author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson combines meticulous research with a storyteller's flair to document the life and times of her great-uncle Lewis Michaux, an extraordinary literacy pioneer of the Civil Rights era.

"My life was no crystal stair, far from it. But I'm taking my leave with some pride. It tickles me to know that those folks who said I could never sell books to black people are eating crow. I'd say my seeds grew pretty damn well. And not just the book business. It's the more important business of moving our people forward that has real meaning."

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 188
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Historical, People & Places, Social Themes
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Lerner Pub Group
Age Range: Teen
Book theme: United States, 20th Century, African American, Prejudice & Racism
Author: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Language: English
Street Date: March 1, 2018
TCIN: 53002257
UPC: 9781541514911
Item Number (DPCI): 248-51-7995
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