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Author Bowman, Bertie, 1931-

Title Step by step : a memoir of hope, friendship, perseverance, and living the American dream / Bertie Bowman.

Published New York : One World Ballantine Books, c2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  328.73092 BOWM    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description x, 203 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents Foreword / Bill Clinton -- 1. Summerton, South Carolina -- 2. A Boy Goes to Washington -- 3. Growing to Manhood -- 4. The Downstairs Crew -- 5. Something Personal -- 6. Drama and Decorum in the U.S. Senate -- 7. Away from the Limelight -- 8. Of Baseball, Boys, and Games -- 9. The Difference Between the Personal and the Political -- 10. Summerton Then and Now.
Summary "A great American story of an ordinary man who is living an extraordinary life, Step by Step is the inspiring personal account of Bertie Bowman's remarkable rise from farmers son in the Jim Crow South to hearing coordinator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the U.S. Capitol." "In 1944, Bertie Bowman - a poor, impressionable thirteen-year-old kid, the fifth of fourteen siblings - heard South Carolina senator Burnet Maybank declare: "If you all ever get up to Washington, D.C., drop by and see me!" Though Maybank was addressing a crowd of white constituents, Bertie took those words to heart - for they offered him an invitation to a new life, a chance to escape the drudgery of the family farm and his well-meaning yet stern father. Carrying only a flour sack and his meager savings pinned inside his shirt, Bertie set out for the city "up the road" to make his mark. Surprisingly true to his word, Senator Maybank saw to it that the young runaway had a place to stay and a steady income - earned by sweeping the Capitol steps for two dollars a week. Yet what started as a janitorial position, step by step, became so much more." "For sixty years, Bertie Bowman stood at the epicenter of change and witnessed history in the making: the death of FDR, World War II, Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights movement, Vietnam, and Watergate. The perpetual recipient of unconditional kindness, he formed many enduring friendships with the unlikeliest of people. Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton, Senator J. William Fulbright, and even segregationist senator Strom Thurmond have been among his greatest allies."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Bowman, Bertie, 1931-
Bowman, Bertie, 1931- -- Childhood and youth.
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
African Americans -- Biography.
African American businesspeople -- Washington (D.C.) -- Biography.
Civic leaders -- Washington (D.C.) -- Biography.
African Americans -- Segregation -- South Carolina -- History -- 20th century.
Washington (D.C.) -- Biography.
Summerton (S.C.) -- Biography.
Summerton (S.C.) -- Race relations.
ISBN 9780345504111 (hardcover : alk. paper)