New Author Presents Biting Urban Memoir of the 50s

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‘Pretty Boy’ Ford presents the advances in civil rights, education and his hope for more

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A beautiful baby who was adored by his mother’s friends and family, Wilbert Steven Ford was quickly dubbed “Pretty Boy.” As he grew up in St. Louis during the 1950’s, this moniker would foreshadow some of the more unlawful aspects of his colorful life detailed in the pages of his new autobiography, Pretty Boy: An Autobiography (published by AuthorHouse).

Full of rich detail and social commentary, Pretty Boy presents Ford’s life in the context of his family history and those of African-American children growing up on the cusp of the Civil Rights movement. Ford writes his story candidly and with brutal honesty, depicting child abuse and molestation, underage sexual encounters and an early introduction to a life of crime. Despite these events, Ford’s overriding tone belies the strength and self-sufficiency that the women in his life, especially his mother and grandmother, instilled into him. He writes of his mother, Florence:

Florence taught her children that if at any point we desired something and could get it ourselves, then we should do so rather than depend on someone else, who may not be able or might decline or wouldn’t be able, to get it for us. Florence taught her children that we should not beg anyone for anything, and we should never think or believe people owed us anything. She said that her children should, if it was at all possible, never place ourselves in any position that would allow someone to say, “If it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t have what you got.” … Florence often stressed that, whatever her children chose to be, we should be good at it and make every effort to be the best at what we chose to be.

A true-life story full of adventure, love and family saga, Pretty Boy offers a glimpse into one man’s struggle to realize himself in the civil rights era.

About the Author:
Wilbert Steven Ford has been a professional educator for over 45 years. Pretty Boy is his first book.

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