A Grandson’s Portrait of a Political Pioneer

Thirty years after emigrating from the British West Indies in 1915, Bertram L. Baker became the first black person ever elected to office in Brooklyn. Baker was a pioneering state legislator, city power broker and leader of social justice causes with a national impact. In “Boss of Black Brooklyn,” his grandson, Brooklyn College journalism professor Ron Howell, tells the story of Baker’s rise during a fascinating era of black history in New York and the nation.

 

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