Eight Habits of the Heart

Clifton Taulbert, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and entrepreneur

Clifton L. Taulbert is perhaps best known for his memoir Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored (1989) about his experience growing up in the racially charged Mississippi Delta during the civil rights movement. Rather than focus on the growing conflict between white and black, he chooses to focus on the bonds of community and family. The Last Train North (1992), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, follows his career with the Air Force and recounts his first meeting with his father, a preacher in St. Louis. Taulbert has received the 27th annual NAACP Image Award for Literature and the Mississippi Arts and Letters Award for Nonfiction. Time magazine named him one of America’s outstanding black entrepreneurs.