By Judy Scales-Trent
An intimate portrait of the lifetime of a black guy who lived from simply after emancipation to the boycotts and sit-ins of the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties — this booklet not just tells of his trip from the farm to a management place within the black heart category, it additionally describes this international he got here to inhabit. via interviews with relations, kin acquaintances, and previous scholars and lecturers at Livingstone collage, the reader will come to grasp him via his marriages and his losses, his young children and his neighbors, his love of tune and his love of books.
Born in 1873, raised in western North Carolina through kin who have been slaves, William Johnson Trent began his lifestyles as a sharecropper and might move directly to develop into essentially the most very important leaders in what was once then referred to as the coloured Men's division of the YMCA, a company created to aid younger males make the transition from farm to urban. He then grew to become president of Livingstone collage, a black institution created via the AME Zion Church.
Trent used to be capable of make this type of radical switch in his existence simply because by the point he was once a tender guy, the black group had created those associations in western North Carolina to teach and consultant black formative years. The AME Zion Church created Livingstone university in Salisbury in 1882. via 1883 there has been a black Y in Charlotte. Trent spent his existence operating inside of those companies, assisting them enhance and thrive. He additionally helped create a brand new black establishment while, in 1944, he grew to become one of many founders of the United Negro university Fund.
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