On the Move

A Black Family's Western Saga

978-1-60344-104-9 Cloth
5.75 x 9.25 x 0 in
216 pp. 22 photos.
Pub Date: 02/10/2009


  • Cloth $24.95
Included in the University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries 2010 annual collection, selected by The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the Public Library Association (PLA)
In distinctive, engaging prose, S. R. Martin Jr. crafts the story of his forebears and their westward journey, begun even before the great black migration that occurred around the two world wars.

By narrating the struggles and triumphs of his family—both paternal and maternal—during their move west, he illuminates an under-studied facet of African American history. As Martin explains it, he and his brother “arrived on the scene at the confluence of these family streams in time to catch a ride to the shining sea.”

Students, scholars, and interested general readers of modern African American history and sociology will be greatly rewarded by reading this warm and vivid personal and family memoir.

Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest

Published by Texas A&M University Press