Glimpse of Providence. A Black Boy’s Experience in Foreign Lands.
Self-published memoir of African American Isaac Robbins of Alabama, a WWII veteran, small business owner, brick mason, and civil rights worker for the NAACP. Robbins’ uplifting narrative is framed on both his religious faith and on the struggle for civil rights.
Robbins describes his WWII service, including landing at Normandy a few weeks after D-Day (his portrait on the back of the dust jacket shows him in uniform), opening a small grocery store, and learning the bricklaying trade in the building boom of the 1960s. He takes particular pride in writing about how in the 1950s he and other community members met in his little corner store and established the first branch of the NAACP in Bullock County.
“Isaac Robbins was born and grew up in a rural town in his native Alabama, and after high school he attended Tuskegee Institute. ... Previously employed as a farm worker, he now works as a brick mason. The father of four children, Mr. Robbins and his wife Nettie still live in Midway, the Alabama town in which he was born.” (dust jacket)
Description: Glimpse of Providence. A Black Boy’s Experience in Foreign Lands.
New York: Vantage Press, (1976). First Edition. , 49pp. 8¼ x 5½ inches. Black paper-covered covers; dust jacket with portrait of author on back cover. Very good with some soiling to dust jacket which has a few closed tears and two small chips along bottom edges.