Better Homes goes to Yale

After hearing my presentation at the Notre Dame Fair Housing Conference, the keynote speaker Professor Elijah Andersdon of Yale University, invited me to give a talk on Better Homes of South Bend in the Urban Ethography Project he directs. 

Fighting for Fair Housing Conference, Notre Dame 4.19 to 20, 2018

Better Homes of South Bend was one of the opening presentations of the Fighting for Fair Housing Conference.

Poster for One Book One Michiana

In Walter Mosley's Devil in a Blue Dress Detective Easy Rawlins says that owning a home of his own he "felt that I was just as good as any white man." Better Homes which has been chosen as a secondary text also deals with the pride of homeownership in a segreated South Bend of the 1950's.

Finalist Non Fiction New Millennium Writings 2016

  My story "Ambushed by the Past" is a non fiction finalist in the 2016 competition of New Millennium Writings

Better Homes One Bar, One Book

Judge Manier chose Better Homes of South Bend: An American Story of Courage for One Bar, One Book, supported by the St. Joseph County Bar Foundation

Taping of documentary on Better Homes

Allison Bethune and Shaun Weiss came up again from Atlanta, this time to tape testimonies and memories of the next generation of Better Homes. The meeting also served as a wonderful reunion.

Better Homes of South Bend: An American Story of Courage. History Press 2015

In 1950, a group of African American workers at the Studebaker factory in South Bend were on a secret mission to build homes away from the factories and slums where they were forced to live. They had come from the South to make a better life for themselves and their children, but they found Jim Crow in the North as well. After three years of satruggle, they succeeded. It took all the courage and perseverance they could muster. In the process they set an example of what W.E.B. Du Bois called "intelligent cooperation."

Reading at Sinai Temple, Jan. 25, 2015

It was a wonderful group of about 40 people. I was humbled by their warm reception and pleased with the thoughtful discussion afterwards. The reading even made the front page of The News Dispatch the following day.

The only second chance you get in life

Memoir Writing Workshop

Buchanan Art Center

Wed., Oct. 15 6-7:30

Reluctant Nazi on tv

On Saturday April 5 at 10:30am Dinner and a Book with Gail Martin featured me and my book. The show will be repeated in the fall.

Book Clubs

Many book clubs have chosen the Relucatnt Nazi for their readings and whenever possible I like to take part in the dicussions. It's particuly rewarding for authors to get feed back from people who have read their books. Please contact me if your book club would like me to participate.

Currents Winter 2013 essay on Reluctant Nazi

David James: "From the Pages of a War Time Diary"

More readings Nov.-December 2013

A few more readings and book discussions before the end of the year.

Readings September 2013

It was a good month of readings, seeing new places and making new friends

Annual Meeting of the Michiana Jewish Historical Society, Nov. 17 at 1:30pm

I felt privileged and more than a little awed when I was invited to be the speaker at the annual meeting of the Michiana Jewish Historical Society. A huge storm raged outside as we gathered and yet the auditoum was almost full. I read from The Reluctant Nazi and we had a meaningful discussion afterwards. I appreciated their responses and their warm reception.



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