Henry A. May is a retired New York City educator and curriculum specialist. First Black Autos is his first book, chronicling the struggles and successes of his distant relatives, Greenfield, Ohio's Patterson family, credited as America's first African-American automotive pioneers.
A graduate of New York University, Mr. May is active in his community of Mount Vernon, NY, and serves as a Board Member of the Audubon-BRASS society. He is also a founding member of the Mount Vernon Parent and Community Forum on Education - a grassroots parent involvement organization.
His second book, Walk Awhile With Me, a memoir on the life of Sweethearts of Rhythm swing band pianist and composer Ernestine May, will be published in 2009.