Gloria Steinem, feminist activist, writer, editor, lecturer who also helped create New York and Ms. Magazine
“Dorothy Gilliam is that most rare of revolutionaries, one who not only climbs the barricades, but lets down a ladder to help others up, too. In her more than six decades at the centers of journalism in New York and Washington, she has often been the first African American woman and the best of everything. Her memoir shows us that a few can be both, but no one should have to. We will have no democracy until each of us can be our unique individual selves.”
"Dorothy Butler Gilliam writes with an acute sense of the historical significance of her career and the changes she witnessed, and she forcefully demonstrates the continuing crisis regarding people of color in mainstream journalism. An important document of the struggles (and triumphs) faced by African-American journalists from the 1960s until today."