My Times in Black and White
Race and Power at the New York Times
Publication Date: February 1, 2010
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An inspiring and riveting tale.” Patrik Henry Bass, Senior Editor, Essence After a career of many firsts, journalist Gerald Boyd became the first black managing editor of the New York Times. But the dream ended abruptly with Boyd’s forced resignation in the wake of scandal over Jayson Blair, a reporter who had plagiarized and fabricated news stories. A rare inside view of power and behind-the-scenes politics at the nation’s premier newspaper, My Times in Black and White is the inspirational tale of a man who rose from urban poverty to the top of his field, struggling against whitedominated media, tearing down racial barriers, and all the while documenting the most extraordinary events of the latter twentieth century.
Gerald M. Boyd was the first black managing editor at the New York Times. During his 20 year tenure with the Times, he served various roles, including White House correspondent. Prior to his work at the Times, he had a career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A Neiman Fellow at Harvard, he was a board member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and was named the Journalist of the Year by the National Associated of Black Journalists. Robin D. Stone is the author of No Secrets, No Lies: How Black Families Can Heal from Sexual Abuse. Her work has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Detroit Free Press, and Essence magazine. The widow of Gerald M. Boyd, she lives in New York City with the couple’s son, Zachary.
"Gerald Boyd was an outstanding journalist of the old school . . . He was a passionate spokesman for diversity in journalism, and his life story is an inspiration for all." George H. W. Bush, forty-first president of the United States
"Revealing, infuriating, heartbreaking, and occasionally incendiary, My Times in Black and White is always informative, instructive, and insightful. This often-wrenching book is both a passionate cautionary tale and an incitement to excellence, fairness, and honesty, journalistic and otherwise." Jill Nelson, author, Volunteer Slavery
"I knew Gerald Boyd as a fair boss, a fine man, and a serious journalist. His honest, deeply affecting, and revealing memoir has made me realize (to my great regret) how much of him I didn't know." Todd S. Purdum, national editor, Vanity Fair
"In My Times in Black and White, Gerald Boyd turns the laser-focus of journalism on his own life of accomplishment and, yes, sometimes of hubris . . . This piercing look at what it means to observe power, be power, and lose power is timely for us all." Farai Chideya, reporter and author, Kiss the Sky
"This book, unusually honest, sometimes harsh, always thoughtful, will be must reading for those who spent any of the last 30 years near newspapers and for those who care, as Boyd did, about larger issues of race and society." Donald E. Graham, chairman, Washington Post Company
"Boyd's book . . . offers lessons on leading and shares his passion for reporting the news" Karen Dunlap, president, The Poynter Institute
"Boyd's pain is just as obvious as his triumph. We are left with the belief that he gave more to the New York Times than she gave him, and that it is a better institution because of his presence." Roland S. Martin, host, TV One Cable Network; CNN contributor
"An inspiring and riveting tale" Patrik Henry Bass, senior editor, Essence