We're currently putting the final touches on Black Man in the White House, a diary-style account by E. Frederic Morrow detailing his work in the Eisenhower Administration.
Long before Barack Obama became the first African American president, Morrow was the first African American to serve in an executive position in the White House. Morrow served as administrative officer for special projects from 1955-61 and published his book two years later.
We believe Morrow's career inside the White House deserves another look, a feeling that is shared by Les Smith, a 40-year television news veteran who wrote an insightful afterword for the ebook version.
"Morrow's reflections seem as fresh as the day he jotted them down," Smith writes. "His disappointments, the snubs of those who were supposed to be his peers, the moral victories he felt he accomplished, translate into a picture of a proud man who truly believed logic and reason would eventually overcome the politics of racism and intolerance, even as he appeared to be a constant victim of both."
Black Man in the White House is set for release in ebook format in time for Black History Month.
~ Darrin M. Devault