I Had No Idea You Were Black: Navigating Race on the Road to Leadership

I Had No Idea You Were Black: Navigating Race on the Road to Leadership

by Ronald A. Crutcher

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Overview

During this time of intense polarization, Ronald Crutcher's life as a Black leader successfully bridging America's cultural divides offers a compelling story with important lessons for today's thinkers. Born to two parents who never graduated high school, Dr. Crutcher grew up to become a leader at the highest levels of academia and the arts. As a child musician, he met with Coretta Scott King. As an adult educator, he sat at Maya Angelou's holiday table.

But it is Dr. Crutcher's success as a Black intellectual navigating highly charged social issues that makes his story both unforgettable and urgently important. Whether negotiating cancel culture at the University of Richmond, where he serves as President in the heart of the former Confederacy, or teaching Northeast liberals the true meaning of functional diversity, Dr. Crutcher offers an education on life and leadership that none of us can afford to ignore.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734979121
Publisher: Clyde Hill Publishing
Publication date: 02/09/2021
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 328,136
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note......................................................... ix

Foreword................................................................ xi

Prologue.................................................................. xv

Chapter One: The Difficulty of Diversity................ 1

Chapter Two: Can You Hear Me Now?................. 15

Chapter Three: The Foundation of Family.............. 30

Chapter Four: Musical Beginnings in the Church.... 48

Chapter Five: Being Ready..................................... 58

Chapter Six: On Becoming An Interdisciplinary

Musician............................................................. 74

Chapter Seven: The Significance of Mentoring........ 96

Chapter Eight: Alone But Not Lonely..................... 108

Chapter Nine: The Vision Can be Real................... 131

Chapter Ten: Spiral Up........................................... 148

Chapter Eleven: Stepping Forward.......................... 160

Chapter Twelve: You Can Go Home Again............ 176

Chapter Thirteen: Coming Full Circle..................... 185

Coda: An Ear for Leadership.................................... 193

Acknowledgments................................................... 199

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