My Seven Black Fathers: A Young Activist’s Memoir of Race, Family, and the Mentors Who Made Him Whole

Farrar. May 2022. 240p. ISBN 9780374604875. $28. MEMOIR
This memoir, by lawyer and city councilmember Jawando, is a study on the importance of strong Black male figures in the lives of Black children, particularly Black boys. Jawando is the son of a Nigerian-born father and a white mother from Kansas. Growing up in Maryland, he struggled with his biracial identity and racism, along with a strained relationship with his father after his parents’ divorce. For Jawando, mentorship came in the forms of seven Black men he encountered in his community: his stepfather; a Nigerian computer whiz; a gay reporter; a teacher; a coach; a U.S. president; and, later, his birth father. In seven chapters, Jawando demonstrates how these men helped him reconcile his biracial identity and become the man he is today.
VERDICT Jawando has written an enlightening, heartfelt memoir that will appeal to readers looking for a “different” all-American story; one that shows the power of community to uplift Black men in the United States.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing