Terry Baker Mulligan, Penned In St. Louis, 6 May 2012
Penned in St. Louis: Terry Baker MulliganSugar Hill: Where the Sun Rose Over Harlem by Terry Baker MulliganMay 06, 2012 2:30 amTheresa Jean Baker grew up in Harlem in the 1950s. She became a teacher, married a graduate ofColumbia law school and eventually moved to St. Louis. But Harlem was "the blueprint" of herlife, and Terry Baker Mulligan writes about it in "Sugar Hill" (Impulse Press, 293 pages,$17.99). It just won an Independent Publishers Award for adult multicultural nonfiction.What about your book surprises people? • Its all about surprises. When I came here in the70s, people thought Harlem was nothing but a crime-ridden black ghetto. I begged to differ. Ithas soaring cliffs, a 300-year-old history, rich and poor, and a culture that has greatly shapedAmerica.How is Harlem changing? • Harlem is gentrifying; its flooded with tourists and so many whiteslive there now.
What is your most cherished memory of childhood? • I have tons, but to choose one:attending the Apollo during the 1950s and 60s, until I was 17. I saw big bands, Ella (Fitzgerald),Nina Simone, Dinah (Washington), doo woppers, James Brown, you name it.