Promises of Power : A Political Autobiography

For a brief time in Cleveland, I was the man of power. I had what no black man in this country has had before: direct control of government of predominantly white population. That power came to me because I seized a situation that had made me seem like a savior to men who ordinarily look on blacks as an alien and vaguely dangerous force. – Excerpt from chapter 1 “Big Man, Little Man.” Other chapters include “How to Get Elected by White People,” Carl Junior,” “The Media,” “The Police,” and “The Future of Black Politics.” Carl B. Stokes was the 51st Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio and the brother of the late Congressman Louis Stokes. Original publication date 1973.