This inspiring memoir chronicles Lenton Malry's journey from segregated Louisiana to a distinguished career in public service in New Mexico. Malry worked as a teacher on the Navajo Reservation, as a public school administrator in Albuquerque, and as a commissioner in Bernalillo County. He was also the first African American elected to the New Mexico state legislature and the first African American to earn a PhD in education from the University of New Mexico.
"Lenton Malry's 'can-do' attitude is the common denominator in this memoir, which takes us through some important changes in New Mexico's political history. As an educator and public servant, Malry was on the cutting edge of many of these changes. . . . We could sure use some of that old-school dedication to public service today."--Dede Feldman, author of Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits, and Citizens