Memphis author dreams of “One America”

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Author Art Gilliam has had many firsts in Memphis, as both the first African-American to write for the Commercial Appeal and the first black on-air reporter in the Bluff City.

Now Art is the owner of WLOK radio station.

But despite being a pioneer for African-Americans, Art wants the country to move beyond race, to become one America.

In his book, “One America,” Art shares stories from his childhood living in the Deep South, to how he achieved success as a student at Yale University at age 16, to becoming a communications powerhouse. He also reflects on the changes in the country and what we still need to do to achieve a “One America.”

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