One More River to Cross: Black and Gay in America
- For One More River To Cross, the studio album for the blues rock band Canned Heat, see One More River To Cross (album).
is a 1996 book written by Keith Boykin
, who ran a now-defunct national black gay
organization. He begins the book by describing his life, including coming out at Harvard
Law School, working for President Bill Clinton
, and his first sexual experience. He interviews many famous African-American
gay men and lesbians such as Cleo Manago, Perry Watkins
, and Cheryl Clarke
. He describes the homophobia
of celebrated blacks such as Muhammad Ali
and Colin Powell
. He also details insensitive actions from white gays such as Robert Mapplethorpe
and Frank Kameny
. Boykin attempts to spell out how racism and homophobia intersect but also diverge in the lives of African-American gay men and lesbians.