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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ruby Berkley Goodwin  

Pen Name: 

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: October 17, 1903 in Du Quoin, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Goodwin lived in DuQuoin until she was a teenager when her family moved to California.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ruby Berkley Goodwin was an author and an actress. She remained unpublished until 1937, when she wrote a series of literary sketches about Black life. Then she wrote poems and articles for newspapers and magazines. Her last and most well-known book is a memoir, It's Good to be Black (1953).

The first collection of Goodwin's poetry, From My Kitchen Window (1942). A Gold Star Mother Speaks (1944) is a narrative poem about the highly publicized World War II deaths of the five Sullivan brothers, who had served in the Navy until their ship was sunk during a battle in the South Pacific. Her poem reflects their mother's incredible sense of loss, for she never dreamed her sacrifice would be so great. But of course, it's a poignant expression of the kind of loss that impacted so many women during that great conflict.


Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

It's Good to Be Black
ISBN: B000NYVFUC. OCLC Number:

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