"black, white, other" book cover

It's been 20 years? Really?!?

“[Black, White, Other] is an example of how we can talk about race with feeling, humor, and dignity.” – The New York Times

“No book is more likely to force a reader to confront his beliefs about race than this one.” – The Buffalo News

“Funderburg lets her subjects ask–and answer–the controversial, touchy questions that many wonder but few dare to pose.” – Indianapolis Star

What BWO Interviewees Say Today

It's been 20 years since Black, White, Other was first published, and this fall we marked that anniversary with a new and revised ebook edition, featuring a no-false-idols foreword from novelist Mat Johnson (Pym, Incognegro), high-res photos, and surprisingly tech-friendly updates, bells, and whistles. Sample the eBook here or at your favorite online retailer.

What has made Black, White, Other resonate so deeply — for so long and with so many — is the chorus of harmoniously dissonant voices that fill its pages. On the occasion of the ebook's release, the author has begun to track down BWO alum and ask them for comments about what has (or has not) changed since she interviewed them in the early 1990s. Here, once again, they speak for themselves:

John Blake wrote a book called, "Children of the Movement"

Pam Austin



Lalou Dammond still lives in New York, now with her husband and two daughters.

In 2005, Greg Wolley founded the African American Outdoor Association.

Sallyann Hobson has retired to her father's hometown in NC, where she's doing extensive genealogical research.

Mark Durrow

Heidi Durrow cofounded the annual Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival.

Michael Mayson and his son, Ellis, contemplating the big questions

Bernette Ford says that now, as a six-and-a-half year breast cancer survivor, breast cancer research and support of breast cancer patients is more important to her than anything else.



Larene LaSonde


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