Book: 'Working While Black' by Michelle T. Johnson
June 10, 2010This guide offers practical suggestions for Black Americans to develop mental awareness, a psychological game plan, and an increased level of business savvy in order to negotiate the minefield of the White work world.
Included are commonsense scenarios and real-life solutions that will help every black American to evaluate his or her options—from getting hired to getting fired, from adjusting one’s attitude to suing an employer.
Tips are offered on how African Americans can fit their styles, mindsets, and history into the workplace, and insight is provided into how best to deal with situations, problems, and issues unique to being black in a White working world.
Vanessa Bush, a reviewer for the American Library Association, writes:
“Johnson, an employment attorney, draws on her personal and professional experiences, as well as those of friends and clients, to offer this guide for black people in workplaces dominated by whites. Acknowledging that in an ideal world such a guide wouldn’t be necessary, Johnson highlights the particular issues faced by black Americans, from feelings of loneliness and isolation to concerns about fair treatment.”