Maurice M. Martinez



A protégé of Langston Hughes, New Orleans born Maurice M. Martinez is a renaissance man. Filmmaker, photographer, poet, educator, musician, and radio narrator, his work has received international acclaim. A superb raconteur, he combines history with humor in BlackCreole to both enlighten and entertain. Martinez received his BS degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, and his MA and PhD from the University of Michigan. He is retired after 51 years in the classroom. Visit his website:




11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 6
Book Talk
BlackCreole: Too White to be Black, Too Black to be White

12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


BlackCreole: Too White to be Black, Too Black to be White

Seen through the eyes of a native son: Maurice M. Martinez, Ph.D, in this firsthand account of survival on a deep-South landscape speaks to the elan vital of a multiethnic, multicultural American. Once upon a time in the Land of Epidermis, in a place called the 7th Ward in New Orleans, there lived a group of marginalized Americans known as gens de couleur libres (free persons of color.) Offspring of the cross-fertilization of European colonizers, Amerindians, and enslaved Africans, were systematically excluded from free access to the fruits of the American Dream. They were defined by the amount of melanin in their skin, relegated to a subordinate status of segregated outcasts, and labeled "Colored" and"Negro" for having as little as 1/32nd of so-called African "blood." Placed in an enclave of early Limbo, these gens de couleur libres created an enduring legacy of tenacity and resilience in their response to the illusion of inclusion.


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