Casey Gerald

Casey Gerald


Casey Gerald is the author of There Will Be No Miracles Here, a memoir that stands the America Dream narrative on its head while straddling the complex intersection of race, class, religion and sexuality. His book was named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR and The New York Times. He most recently published “The Black Art of Escape” in New York magazine, which reflects on the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans’ arrival in Virginia, in 1619. A native Texan, he is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Yale College.

Buy his memoir, There Will Be No Miracles Here, on Amazon.

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