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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James P. Comer Narrator: Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781598876956
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When Maggie Comer left abject poverty in the rural South, she never dreamed she would become the mother of five children who share thirteen college degrees.

Told through Maggie’s own words and through those of her son James—an award-winning child psychiatrist and brilliant educator—Maggie's American Dream is an unforgettable chronicle of courage, resourcefulness, and pride.

Together, the memories of mother and son form an engrossing history of one black family’s struggle for freedom and equality, as well as a compelling testimonial for the life-changing power of education.

This is the story of a woman, poor and black, who realized her own American dream of opportunity and education for her children.

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About the Author

James P. Comer, M.D., is the founder and chairman of the Comer School Development Program, the Maurice Falk professor of child psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center, and associate dean of the Yale University School of Medicine. He has been the recipient of the Grawemeyer Award in Education, the John and Mary Markle Scholar in Academic Medicine Award, the Rockefeller Public Service Award, the Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Prize in Education, the Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievement in Education, the Heinz Award for Service to Humanity, and many other awards and honors, including forty-one honorary degrees.

About the Narrators

Ossie Davis (1917-2005) was an American actor, writer, and director best known for his many screen roles and for his involvement in the civil rights movement. Among his film and television credits are The Cardinal, Do the Right Thing, Doctor Doolittle, and The L Word. He was a featured speaker at the funerals of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, and was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame. In 1995, both he and his wife Ruby Dee received the National Medal of Arts—the highest honor given to an artist by the United States Government.

Ruby Dee is an award-winning actress, playwright, screenwriter, and activist, perhaps best known for starring in the 1961 film A Raisin in the Sun and for her role as Mama Lucas in American Gangster, for which she received an Oscar nomination. She is also known for her civic work with husband Ossie Davis. She and Ossie had a series on public television called With Ossie and Ruby, and later published With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together, a book about their life experiences during their fifty years of marriage. Now in her nineties, Ruby continues to perform, most recently as a narrator for the Lifetime original movie Betty and Coretta.