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Clifton Taulbert

Clifton L. Taulbert has been honored throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan, South Africa and the Middle East as a gifted writer of warm, honest and heartfelt stories.

The opening volume of his memoirs, Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored, was among the first foreign books provided to Nelson Mandela after his release from prison. Letters praising When We Were Colored have come from members of South Africa Parliament and from Mayor Yossi Peretz of Tiberias, Israel, who found it to be of great cultural value when his city became home to many Ethiopian Jews. And in 1996, the critically acclaimed film that was made from the book was selected for showing to athletes from around the world in Atlanta's Olympic Village.

The second volume of Taulbert's memoirs, The Last Train North, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. It was followed in 1997 by Watching Our Crops Come In in which Taulbert bears witness to the Civil Rights movement as it enveloped the people of Glen Allan, his Mississippi Delta home. His fourth book, Eight Habits of the Heart, based on his lectures about the values he learned from his elders-the "porch people" of the Mississippi Delta-was published in 1997. The Corporation for National Service included excerpts from Habits as part of the 1997 Historical Presidents' Summit for America's Future. 

It is the compelling voices of Taulbert's Glen Allan family and friends that inhabit the pages of his books and strike a deep chord in the hearts of those who hear him lecture throughout the world. Audiences share Taulbert's affection for the voices he has carried with him from his youth-the voices of his elders, who gathered their children together on their porches, which were their principal meeting places during the days of legal segregation. Despite the hardships and uncertainties of their own lives, they managed to build a strong community for their children, imbuing them with hope and providing them with a haven for their dreams.

Taulbert has delivered his concepts and principles on the role of community for the 21st Century throughout the United States and around the world while sharing his views with audiences from members of the United States Supreme Court, The Library of Congress, Harvard University as well as corporate clients like Lockheed Martin, Williams, The FDIC, and Ford Mazda Auto Alliance. 

Taulbert has also written two award winning picture books for children, Little Cliff and the Porch People and Little Cliff's First Day of School. 

My Speakers Sessions

Sunday, November 10

4:00pm EST