Memoir Reveals a Black Man’s Experience of Racism and White Supremacy

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Theodore Kirkland’s odyssey living under the existence of racism and white supremacy in America

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The term “racism” has represented daily reality to millions of black people for centuries. It consists of the prediction of decisions and policies on considerations of race for the purpose of subordinating a racial group and maintaining control over that group.

Spirit and Soul, Odyssey of a Black Man in America is a revelation of author Theodore Kirkland’s experiences from early childhood to mid-life. He experienced the Civil Rights movement in the North, and its passiveness while Blacks in the South were dying for liberty and freedom. The movement left hope that soon turned into despair for the masses of Blacks as poverty increased, and prisons filled beyond capacity with Black faces. Within this economy came a new Black middle class created from the poverty programs in human services.

While writing this memoir, Kirkland realized that every Black man, woman, and child has within them a book of experiences based on their life in America under racism and white supremacy. Although at times, the unwritten rules associated with white supremacy might be forgotten, there are reminders that will shock Blacks into reality. That is what Spirit and Soul, Odyssey of a Black Man in America is about; it’s his story and the institution of racism and white supremacy as it impacted his life and some of the reminders that challenged his spirit and soul.

Spirit and Soul, Odyssey of a Black Man in America will share with the reader how it feels to be a Black man in a world dominated by racism and white supremacy. The reader must keep in mind that this is Kirkland’s story, and it should not be confused with being that of every Black man; and Black men should not feel it necessary to be apologetic for his honesty, for honesty is the one thing racism could not and will not be taken away from him.

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About the Author
Theodore Kirkland is married to the former Winona Washington; they have three daughters, and a grandson. A Korean War veteran, his community activism began in1961 leading a group of Black workers to file racial discrimination charges against their employer; this action was repeated in 1972 when he led a group of Black police officers to file racial discrimination charges against the Buffalo Police and Fire Departments resulting in the hiring of the first Puerto Ricans; elimination of the quota for women police officers; and the increase of women and Black officers in the force. New York Governor, Hugh Carey, appointed him to the New York State Parole Board in 1978. It was followed by an appointment as adjunct professor at the University of Buffalo and Hunter College in New York City. He is the recipient of awards and citations from community groups, youth gangs, prison inmates. He appears in Who’s Who Among Black Americans in its 1980-1981 and in the 1996-1997 edition of Who’s Who Among African Americans. He has a BA and Master Degree and is a frequent columnist with the Challenger Newspaper, and the Criterion Newspaper.
Spirit and Soul * by Theodore Kirkland
Odyssey of a Black Man in America
Publication Date: June 4, 2012
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