By Kenneth Robert Janken
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Two years later, when Nelson beat Gans and won the crown, blacks defended their racial honor by beating up white residents. While Logan was involved in some of these scrapes, it was his brother Arthur who took the worst hits. Arthur was even fairer than his brother, with wavy red hair and blue eyes. In later years he would utilize his light complexion for business and pleasure. He acted as Logan's "spy" to gain information on the discriminatory employment practices in New Deal programs and in the private sector, and "passed" to gain entrance into whites-only entertainment.
It is similar with Rayford Logan. He did not labor in obscurity, as did Walker's mother, but much of his life's work has been hidden. Still, he planted an expansive perennial garden, which can be profitably harvested by scholars, African-American activists, and all people with a vision of equality and justice. C. JULY 1992 Page xiii Acknowledgments When I began this project in 1989, I thought that it would be a straightforward proposition: First I would do the research and then I would write the story.
I notice that it is only when my mother is working in her flowers that she is radiant, almost to the point of being invisibleexcept as Creator: hand and eye. She is involved in work her soul must have. Ordering the universe in the image of her personal conception of Beauty. Her face, as she prepares the Art that is her gift, is a legacy of respect she leaves to me, for all that illuminates and cherishes life. She has handed down respect for the possibilitiesand the will to grasp them. Walker's mother created in relative anonymity.
Rayford W. Logan and the Dilemma of the African-American Intellectual by Kenneth Robert Janken