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The story of an unforgettable African American journalist and his impact on New York City and America

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Overview

The story of an unforgettable African American journalist and his impact on New York City and America

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"There's an old saying that behind every great man, you'll find a great woman. The reverse might be said in the case of Shirley Chisholm, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 12th District of New York and who was the first African-American woman to be elected to that body. Chisholm's distinguished career and dedication to her community are well known, but how many today realize that it was a successful lawsuit brought by Brooklyn voting rights activist Andrew W. Cooper that ultimately opened the doors for Chisholm to make her move?

Wayne Dawkins devoted seven years to crafting a biography of Cooper, a former beer company employee whom he has called mentor. Dawkins documents the explosive times that helped forge a shift in the political landscape that reached well beyond the borders of Brooklyn, N.Y."-Dailypress.com

"Throughout the newspaper's abbreviated run of 1984-1996, Cooper, named 'Journalist of The Year' by the NABJ in 1987, kept his finger on the pulse of the city, culturally and politically, and on the world stage. Some of the writing talents on its staff are notable for their contributions elsewhere: Utrice C. Leid, Armond White, Hugh Hamilton, Errol Louis, Peter Noel, Anthony Carter Paige, and Simone Joye…. As a project started in 2005 upon request by Cooper's widow, Dawkins gives the reader an intimate, candid look at this remarkable man and his dedicated personal mission to speak truth at all costs. It's a first-class effort, revelatory, courageous, and satisfying." — African American Literary Book Club

"In City Son author Wayne Dawkins showcases fresh voices within the black Brooklyn community who helped deliver the 1965 mayoral election to John V. Lindsay."

—Milton Mollen, Lindsay associate, retired judge, and leader of the 1992-94 Mollen Commission investigation of police corruption

"With his new book, which revolves around the life and times of the late Andrew Cooper, the writer Wayne Dawkins keeps building an impressive résumé for using his talent for digging and research to shed light on what might be characterized as 'hidden history.' Mr. Dawkins, a professor in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University, is himself a native of Brooklyn and that's the piece of New York City that he draws on for this book. This is an important book for many reasons, but none greater than this: it is chock full of significant and compelling stories not told. This book brings some balance into the story of New York politics, and a part of what it reflects is the way that the contributions, ideas, and struggles of black New Yorkers are not just ignored but treated as though they never were. Some may ask, 'Who is Andrew Cooper?' This book by Professor Dawkins not only answers that in compelling detail, but it also raises this question, 'Why is it that this chunk of New York is a story not told?'"

—Earl Caldwell, host of The Caldwell Chronicle on WBAI and former journalist for The New York Times, New York Daily News, and The New York Amsterdam News

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Meet the Author

Wayne Dawkins is assistant professor of journalism at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. A former newspaper reporter and editor, he is the author of Rugged Waters: Black Journalists Swim the Mainstream and Black Journalists: The National Association of Black Journalists Story, as well as a contributor to Black Voices in Commentary: The Trotter Group and My First Year as a Journalist.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Boy to Man 3

2 Jim Crow Brooklyn 18

3 Political Awakening 28

4 Civil Rights, Brooklyn Style 38

5 Cooper versus Power 48

6 Schaefer Suds 60

7 One Man's Opinion 71

8 Trans Urban News Service 87

9 TNS Shuts Down 102

10 Rising Sun 111

11 Bright, Shining Years 120

12 Nineteen Eighty-Six 131

13 Howard Beach 139

14 Arts Beat 150

15 Journalist of the Year 158

16 Tawana Brawley 179

17 Mayoral Race 195

18 Dinkins's First Months 208

19 Crown Heights Riot 222

20 The Breakup 240

21 Setting Sun 252

22 Dusk 267

Epilogue 275

About the Author 281

Notes 283

Bibliography 321

Index 327

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  • Posted October 11, 2014

    I very much enjoyed "City Son" by Wayne Dawkins. It c

    I very much enjoyed "City Son" by Wayne Dawkins. It covers a turbulent period in New York City politics, which reverberated into national headlines. The primary personality, Andrew Cooper, challenges the status quo with journalistic fervor. The book offers political insights from the epicenter of NYC community involvement. Great research and notations.

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    Anyone interested in the ways histories of racial discrimination

    Anyone interested in the ways histories of racial discrimination impacted cities outside the South must read this book. The story of Cooper v. Power illustrates in startling detail how one of the largest Black cities-within-a-city can be sliced and diced and gerrymandered into political non-existence. But it also depicts how the relentlessness of people who cared about their communities can change political anemia into power. As a community organizer, political activist, journalist, editor and publisher, Cooper helped give a public voice to over 350,000 people in north-central Brooklyn. His activism paved the way for Shirley Chisholm to become a Congresswoman. His newspaper provided Black New Yorkers with an alternative depiction of themselves and their community from what they saw in the mainstream white dailies. Wayne Dawkins's excellent biography reminds readers why Andrew W. Cooper is a name that we should recall every time we check a box in the booth on election day and why diversity in the newsroom is necessary in a multicultural democracy.

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