White Professor Recalls Success Teaching Black History

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Michael L. Weston’s new book “Silhouettes: Issue of Black & White America” offers blueprint for success

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In Silhouettes: Issue of Black & White America: A Journey through Black History as told by a White Professor (published by Trafford Publishing), author Michael L. Weston presents a scholarly narrative in which a white college professor struggles through weekly lectures with predominately-African American college students to find common ground and understanding of America’s issue of race.

When Weston’s department chair, herself an African American, offered Weston the chance to challenge himself both personally and professionally by teaching African American history, he leapt at the chance.

“…This in no way is meant to suggest that the students wished to hold me in a warm and sustained embrace, or that we would sing ‘kumbaya’ in unison, but rather that they understood from my own openness, and willingness to examine the African American experience, that a mutual comprehension was therefore possible and so too was progress. It would seem that an open heart and knowledge can tear down generations of mistrust, division and misconception. Ultimately it was I, the professor, who similarly was educated – not by textbooks or degrees but by the student body and the indomitable human spirit which, in the end, always prevails. Not all things, it turns out, can be gleaned from books alone, experience tends to be the great leveler.” – Michael L. Weston

Weston hopes that readers, after finishing Silhouettes: Issue of Black & White America, will remember that “…through education, openness and a willingness to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes mutual comprehension and progress are possible, and that given an opportunity the indomitable human spirit will prevail.”

About the Author
Michael L. Weston is a professor of history and political studies at Genesee Community College as well as a retired fireman with nearly 25 years of service. Weston is a fourth-generation Buffalonian who provides local political analysis for AM radio in the western New York area.

In addition to being the recipient of two National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence in Teaching Awards, he has been twice selected as part of a United Nations cultural exchange program in which he instructed Polish and Russian students in history, economics and emergency medical services after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit trafford.com.


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