Meet Author/professor Rudy Martin In distinctive, engaging prose, S. R. Martin Jr. crafts the story of his forebears and their westward
journey, begun even before the great black migration that occurred around the two world wars.
By narrating the struggles and triumphs of his family—both paternal and maternal—during their
move west, he illuminates an under-studied facet of African American history. As Martin explains it,
he and his brother “arrived on the scene at the confluence of these family streams in time to catch a
ride to the shining sea.”S. R. MARTIN JR., born in Fort
Worth, Texas, resides in Olympia,
Washington, where he retired from
The Evergreen State College in 1997.
He helped start the interdisciplinary
college in 1970, after helping initiate
Washington State University’s first
African American Studies program. (booksense)