Clifton L. Taulbert
Author and lecturer Clifton
L. Taulbert is perhaps best known for his memoir Once Upon a
Time When We Were Colored (1989), about his experience of growing
up in the racially charged Mississippi Delta. Born February 19,
1945, in Glen Allan, Mississippi, in his memoir he writes about
his childhood during the civil rights movement, but rather than
focus on the growing conflict between white and black, he chose
to focus more on the bonds of community and family, which included
his mother and grandparents and an extended family of aunts and
uncles. A second memoir, The Last Train North (1992), details
his decision to leave the Delta following his graduation from high
school and follows his career with the Air Force through the 1960s,
where he reached the rank of sergeant. He also describes meeting
for the first time his father, a preacher, in St. Louis. The book
was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Other awards he has received
include the 27th annual NAACP Image Award for Literature and the
Mississippi Arts and Letters Award for Nonfiction, and Time
magazine named him one of Americas outstanding black entrepreneurs.
He received a bachelors
degree from Oral Roberts University and a graduate degree from Southwest
Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. As
president and founder of Building Community Institute in Tulsa,
Oklahoma, he speaks throughout the world on the timeless and universal
ideas he encountered while growing up in the Delta.
Taulberts other nonfiction
books include Watching Our Crops Come In and Eight Habits
of the Heart (both published in 1997), The Journey Home:
A Fathers Gift to His Son (2002), and an essay in Separate,
But Equal: The Mississippi Photographs of Henry Clay Anderson
Taulbert has also written three
childrens books for children aged 4-8: Little Cliff and
the Porch People (1999), Little Cliffs First Day of
School (2001), and Little Cliff and the Cold Place (2002).
posted February 2003)
Links & Info
The authors official web site features services and products
of his “Building Community Institute” based in Tulsa,
- Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored. Tulsa, OK: Council
Oak Books, 1989.
- The Last Train North. Tulsa, OK: Council Oak Books,
- Watching Our Crops Come In. New York: Viking, 1997.
- Eight Habits of the Heart: The Timeless Values That Build Strong
Communities. New York: Viking, 1997.
- The Journey Home: A Fathers Gift to His Son. Tulsa,
OK: Council Oak Books, 2002.
- (By Henry Clay Anderson). Separate, But Equal: The Mississippi
Photographs of Henry Clay Anderson. Essay by Clifton L. Taulbert.
New York: PublicAffairs, 2002.
- Little Cliff and the Porch People. New York: Dial Books
for Young Readers, 1999.
- Little Cliff and the First Day of School. New York:
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2001.
- Little Cliff and the Cold Place. New York: Dial Books
for Young Readers, 2002.
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authors web site, includes information about community building
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