Born in 1913 in Collinsville, Illinois, Cecil Reed has lived all his life in the Midwest as a black man among whites. This self-styled fly in the buttermilk worked among whites with such skill and grace that they were barely aware of his existence—unless he wanted to get a bank loan or move into their neighborhood. Now, in his lively and optimistic autobiography, he speaks of his resilience throughout a life spent working peacefully but passionately for equality.
Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography
University of Iowa Press
Biography, Legislators, African American legislators, Politics and government
Copyright © 1993 by Cecil A. Reed and Priscilla Donovan. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Reed, Cecil and Donovan, Priscilla. Fly in the Buttermilk: The Life Story of Cecil Reed. University of Iowa Press, 1993.