COLOR ME FLO: My Hard Life and Good Times by Flo Kennedy

COLOR ME FLO: My Hard Life and Good Times

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Flo Kennedy? ""I'm just a loud-mouthed, middle-aged colored lady with a fused spine and three feet of intestines missing. And a lot of people think I'm crazy."" A lot of other people don't. Civil rights activist, militant feminist, the first black woman to graduate from Columbia Law School, Flo speaks her mind, pulls no punches, and the devil take the hindmost. An intensely political person (""everything in our culture is political""), Flo specializes in what she calls the ""testicular approach."" She scorns conventional liberal pieties (Martin Luther King's aim, she says, ""was to make relatively minor social changes""). She thinks, has always thought, that marriage ""is a crock"" but talks with astounding frankness about her own--to a drunken Welsh sci-fi writer, no less. She talks dirty and vulgar because she perceives that the realities of power are dirty and vulgar. She's been ""kicking ass"" for 60 years and just enjoying the hell out of it. Flo being Flo, it shouldn't be necessary to say that this is not an ordinary autobiography. But for the record. . . it's a grab bag of speeches, rhetorical blasts, newspaper clippings, poems, photographs, memories of a secure and happy childhood (""we never felt like losers""). And her magnetism and love color all of it, unmistakably, Flo.

Pub Date: Oct. 26th, 1976
Publisher: Prentice-Hall