Thug Life: A Retrospective Look
But nowadays, Walker can be found in Massachusetts, where he's an associate professor of English at Bridgewater State College. Walker highlights the tension between his two very different lives in the new book, Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption.
In fact, the book's very title reflects the impact he says his less-than-ideal childhood continues to have on life today, and how the shadows creep into his experiences in everyday life.
You can hear Jerald Walker read from his new book, Street Shadows tonight at the Herald Washington Library Center in downtown Chicago.
Music Button: Trick Daddy, "Thug Holiday," from the release Thug Holiday (Atlantic / WEA)