Profiling Brooklyn’s first black ‘Boss’

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Author and associate professor at Brooklyn College, Ron Howell and his biographical book chronicling the life of his grandfather, Bertram Baker.

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He was the Boss of his time.

In a new biographical book about the life of Bertram L. Baker — the first black person to hold public office in Brooklyn — his grandson, author and Brooklyn College professor Ron Howell, chronicles the life of his late elder in “Boss of Black Brooklyn: The Life and Times of Bertram L. Baker.” He will be reading excerpts from his book at the Greenlight Bookstore on Oct. 30.

The inspiration for the book came from Howell’s desire to close a chapter of curiosity about his grandfather’s life, and his admiration for…

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