Gerald EarlyGerald Lyn Early (born April 21, 1952) is an American essayist and American culture critic. He is currently the Merle Kling Professor of Modern letters, of English, African studies, African American studies, American culture studies, and Director, Center for Joint Projects in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
He also served as a consultant on Ken Burns' documentary films ''Baseball'', ''Jazz, '' '' Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, '' and'' The War''. He is a regular commentator on National Public Radio's ''Fresh Air''. His essays have appeared in numerous editions of ''Best American Essays'' series. He writes on topics as diverse as American literature, the Korean War, African American culture, Afro-American autobiography, non-fiction prose, baseball, jazz, prizefighting, Motown, Miles Davis, Muhammad Ali and Sammy Davis Jr. Provided by Wikipedia