I. I read the autobiography, Black Boy. It was written by Richard Wright. Further
information about the author will be in the following paragraphs. The publication date of
this book was 1945. The autobiography I read didnít give enough information about the
birth and death dates of my author. He was born on September 4, 1908 and died on
November 28, 1960. Some places associated with the author are Jackson, Mississippi,
Memphis Tennessee, and Elaine, Arkansas. The early goals of the author is basically trying
to survive and getting enough to eat. After his father left him and his mother, the two of
them (Richard and his mother), moved to Memphis and lived on a weekly salary of five
dollars, barely enough for food.
One of Richardís most notable achievements was earning a salary of twelve dollars
a week working at a cafe, the highest he was ever paid throughout the novel. Richardís
family and friends didnít have much influence on him. If they did, it was negative
influence. For example, when Richard wanted to read and write stories, his religious
grandmother called it the Devilís work and forbade it. His mother and his brother were the
closest things that encouraged him. Religion also didnít have an influence on Richard since
he didnít believe in God. The white society had a negative influence on him. For example,
a white woman he was working for menacingly said that Richard would never be a writer
like he wanted to because he was a Negro.
Richard Wright didnít really have any contributions to society except his stories
and novels. One of his stories that was published in a local Negro newspaper in Jackson
Mississippi was ďThe Voodoo of Hellís Half-AcreĒ about a villain who wanted a widowís
home. One of Richardís only and most memorable speeches was his valedictorian speech
on the night he graduated from the ninth grade.

His teacher told him to write a speech, but the principal insisted that Richard read the
speech that the principal had written for him because the principal was afraid that Richard
would say something wrong in front of the white people, but Richard refused and read his
own speech. Richard Wright didnít really have many setbacks or failures. He continued
working and had enough to live. His biggest failure was failing to gain money from child
support in court after his father left him, but his father won and Richardís family (Richard,
his mom, and his brother) didnít get any money. He also failed in learning the optical trade
while working for an optical company because the whites that were supposed to teach him
didnít want him to learn anything because he was a Negro. There are probably two main
turning points in Richard Wrightís life. One turning point is when his father left him and
the other one is when he finally gathered enough money to move to the North, where the
whites would treat him more equally.
Richard Wrightís strengths were knowledge and the ability to write, while his
weaknesses were the inability to satisfy the whites which was why he was often fired
unlike his other friends. His other weakness was to get a long with his family. They had
different beliefs than him and Richard couldnít agree with them. One major event in
Richardís life was when his mother suffered a stroke and became paralyzed for most of her
life. Another major event was when he became baptized, which he didnít want, but didnít
have much choice. A third major event is when he and his family moved to the North at
the end of the story.