Lawrence Jackson

Lawrence Jackson is the author of Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius (2002) and The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960 (2010). He is Professor of English and African American Studies at Emory University.

23 May 2011

The funeral came off without a hitch, in spite of the snow. It was as dignified as we could have hoped for and no one from the altar mentioned what had happened. I parked my rental car on Argyle Avenue, feeling a bit more alert than usual. In Atlanta, just after Thanksgiving, two gunmen robbed me of my station wagon and wallet; two days before Christmas I didn’t want to invite fate’s wrath a second time. I was back home in Baltimore. More…