Joseph Howell, author of Civil Rights Journey:The History of a White Southerner Coming of Age During the Civil Rights Revolution, is also the author of Hard Living on Clay Street: Portraits of Blue Collar Families, a book in continuous print since 1973. He worked as a consultant in the development of affordable and senior housing. Howell also taught at the George Washington University and the University of Maryland. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Embry, a health policy researcher at the Urban Institute. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.