"Waking From The Dream: My Life in the Black Middle...

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June 09, 1996|By Michael Pakenham

"Waking From The Dream: My Life in the Black Middle Class," by Sam Fulwood III (Anchor. 247 pages. $23.95). Fulwood is a Washington correspondent for the Los Angeles Times who at one time worked at The Sun as a reporter, editorial writer and South Africa correspondent. This book is the story of his progression from a happy, secure childhood in a segregated North Carolina to ostensible integration in American national newspapering, where he is an accomplished and respected professional. That story, inevitably, is recounted through the prism of race. Fulwood is African-American. Finally, it is a story of frustration, of exclusion, of painful and courageous examination of self and of lies that lurk, festering, in the American dream. An important book that offers searing insights into the failed promise of racial integration.

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