A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story by Elaine Brown

By Elaine Brown

Brown's account of her lifestyles on the optimum degrees of the Black Panther party's hierarchy. greater than a trip via a turbulent time in American background, this is often the tale of a black woman's conflict to outline herself.

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Councill Trenholm, one of my father’s schoolmates at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. My parents settled in my mother’s home on the edge of the campus, directly across the street from the president’s home, in the house purchased by my grandfather before his death. This is where my sister and I grew up, living with our parents and our maternal grandmother. College students lived with us from time to time and helped to care for my sister and me by babysitting and walking us to and from school.

There was one grocery store where the workers always called him “Prof ” or “Dean,” both being professional titles which he did hold. ”—not for him, not for any other black man. The only places where whites and blacks generally interacted in Mont- You Can Go Home Again / 21 gomery during the 1940s and ’50s were on jobs where blacks worked for whites, in businesses that both blacks and whites patronized, and in some neighborhood stores. For instance, in my neighborhood, there were several stores owned by Jewish businessmen.

Fortunately, President Trenholm was a man who believed in opportunities for all, so the campus facilities and programs were made available to the public. Black Montgomery came to Tullibody Hall for its culture, to Hornet Stadium for football and baseball games, to the campus center for parties and teas, and to the gymnasium for basketball games, debutante balls, dances, and carnivals. While sitting in the audience in Tullibody, whether for our weekly Lab High assembly or for a public cultural event, my horizons were broadened.

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