by Stephen L. Carter
It would be a fine thing if Stephen L. Carter’s biography of his grandmother, Eunice Hunton Carter, could simply have told the story of her remarkable legal and political career, beginning with her conviction of mobster Lucky Luciano and ending with her key role in multiple international organizations. In the United States, however, for an African American author and subject, such an account is incomplete.
Carter’s splendid telling is overlaid with, and dominated by, the issue of racial prejudice, as were the lives of Eunice Carter, her brother Alphaeus, and the rest of their family. And yet Eunice always moved forward, achieving great things, not perfectly but stubbornly and effectively, like a marathon runner with weights on her ankles. It’s a story worth seeking out, and I encourage you to do so.
I was heartened by the final two paragraphs, which give us a glimmer of hope in troubled times: