Officer Clemmons by François S. Clemmons

Officer Clemmons

Officer Clemmons by François S. Clemmons
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this up for bookclub. I was interested to learn how a black, gay man ended up on a very white children’s television show in the time that desegregation was happening. Instead, we actually superficially learned about the life of the actor who played the character.

It is not until about 2/3 into the book when the Rogers family is introduced in the book. The author does a great job talking about his mentor, but doesn’t really realize he had a mentor all this time.

I would have loved to hear about how the author came out publicly. I would have loved to know more about some of the people who were important in his life, such as his mother, his wife, and his friends/lovers who were mentioned multiple times in the book.

I feel that if the author wanted to tell his story, great. I think that he could have given a little more thought to opening up further to his audience. A good editor should have helped with this, along with helping him tell his story in the appropriate order, and not randomly. Oh, by the way, I had a sister and here’s what happened to her 30 years before the rest of the story happened – this should have been brought up earlier in the book instead of at the end.

It was an interesting book, but it left me wanting more information. I would recommend the book to someone who likes to do Google searches to check into things that were just barely touched upon in the book.

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