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The Last Train From Djibouti: Africa Beckons Me, But America Is My Home

The Last Train From Djibouti: Africa Beckons Me, But America Is My Home

Otis Lee begins this story in the most innocuous of locations: a train from Charlottesville, Virginia, to Penn Station in New York City. But for Otis this journey brings to mind another train, from long ago and far away—representative of a past to which there can be no return. Based on the true experiences of Dr. Michelle Palmer Lee and her mentor, Dr. Harriett F. Karuhije, The Last Train From Djibouti follows two women on a life-changing adventure as they travel separately to the Motherland, determined to find Africa and themselves. What they find is nothing like what they expected. As these two women grapple with questions of identity and character, what emerges is a larger picture of what it means to undertake an “unrequited return.” Weaving entries from Michelle’s journal and Harriett’s observations together with his own research and experience, Otis depicts a microcosm of the African-American struggle to find roots in a culture that has been upended, shipped overseas, and become something new.


Pages: 308
Pub Date: 07-31-2019
Softcover: 19.95 9781633938342
Hardcover: 26.95 9781633938366
Ebook: 7.99 9781633938359


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Otis L. Lee, Jr., is a retired attorney, formerly a member of both the Pennsylvania and Virginia Bar. He formerly served on the faculties of several Midwestern and East Coast universities and as a former director, coordinator and contributing author to the Howard University School Of Business 1980 project to revise and edit the U.S. Department of Commerce manual entitled Local Economic Development Corporation, Legal and Financial Guidelines. Lee is also the author of the memoir From South Boston to Cambridge, The Making of One Philadelphia Lawyer. Lee's career has included assignments with the Harris Trust and Savings Bank in Chicago, Illinois as a trust new business solicitor, panel executive for the panel on product liability for the United States Chamber of Commerce and as an advanced underwriting consultant for the Mid-Atlantic Region for the New York Life Insurance Company.

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