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In My Place.

In the realm of civil rights and journalism, Charlayne Hunter-Gault figures prominently. Her first claim came in 1961 when she and Hamilton Holmes desegregated the University of Georgia. Today, she is well-known for her probing interviews and commentaries on PBS's MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.

These facets of her life are merged deftly in her memoir In My Place. Much of what happened to her and Holmes was reported daily in the media; but the experience gains fresh appeal when told by one who endured the turmoil.

Many readers will be surprised to discover how well-traveled Hunter-Gault was before college. Her exposure in Due West, S.C., and Atlanta, as well as stops in Detroit and Alaska gave her a pioneer's fortitude. These attributes still fortify her, although the memoir offers little of her journalistic career. But that's all right, we'll wait for the sequel.
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Author:Boyd, Herb
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jun 1, 1993
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