Barry Wolfe was born in Washington, DC in 1942. During his teenage years he developed a passion for Rhythm n’ Blues, the way Black teenagers dance and basketball. School integration gave Barry his first major exposure to Black teenagers. He played basketball with Black adolescents on the city playgrounds, as a member of his junior high school basketball team, and later on his high school team. Barry became curious about the Black experience in America and the problem of white supremacy. Barry attended Howard University on an academic scholarship between 1959 and 1963. This was the period of the Civil Rights Revolution that was begun by college students across the country. At Howard, Barry became the first Caucasian member of the varsity basketball team, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated 8th in his class. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1970. In his 42- year career as a clinical psychologist, Barry was in private practice, a professor, and involved in psychotherapy research. He also trained and supervised practicing psychotherapists. He wrote 60 articles and book chapters and published two clinical treatment books. Having always wanted to write about his time at Howard, Barry has written two unpublished short stories. He recently completed a novelized memoir, Izzy White?, covering the span of his life-changing four years at Howard. Barry’s appetite for writing fiction has been whetted by the experience of writing Izzy White? and he plans to write more in the future.
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by Barry Wolfe
Published: October 13, 2015
"Izzy White?" is a riveting and affecting coming-of-age story and a fascinating window into the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, as seen by a young Jewish man, struggling to find his identity and sense of purpose at historically Black Howard University. "Izzy White?" is a provocative meditation on race, identity and commitment that will stimulate your brain while tugging at your heart.
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