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Event: Paul Grondahl discusses the H. Carl McCall memoir "Truly Blessed and Highly Favored"

H. Carl McCall's memoir, Truly Blessed and Highly Favored (2022), written with Paul Grondahl, traces the remarkable career of a revered figure in New York State politics and the first Black official elected to statewide office.


Book talk with Paul Grondahl: Truly Blessed and Highly Favored

12:15 p.m. Tuesday, February 21

Albany Public Library

161 Washington Avenue

Albany NY 12210

Free and open to the public.

For more information: (518) 427-4300 ext. 1


Growing up in Roxbury, Mass., one of six children reared by a single mother, McCall experiences the difficulties of poverty, the heartache of an absent father, and incidents of racism, but these challenges are juxtaposed with the triumphs of attaining an Ivy League degree, becoming a popular preacher, and attaining success at the highest levels of business and politics.


Charlayne Hunter-Gault called the book, “A great road map for any and all times.” In 2020, McCall was awarded the Governor's Medal of Public Service, and the landmark SUNY administration headquarters in downtown Albany was renamed the H. Carl McCall SUNY Building.


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