J.D. Lenoir earned a Ph.D. and taught Anthropology for six years at John Jay College in New York City. He went to law school and became a career criminal prosecutor with the Manhattan DA's Office and later the U.S. Department of Justice. Currently in private practice, he specializes in civil rights cases.
2022 Indie Book Awards Finalist - African American History/Culture"Lenoir's Brother Mambo shows readers what good ethnographic research can do to help us understand our fellow humans...Good ethnography is simultaneously good storytelling and salutary lesson. Brother Mambo is both." -Dr. Charles Price, Associate Professor, Department of Policy, Organizational, and Leadership Studies, Temple University College of Education"Brother Mambo is the best introduction yet to how anthropology is born in the field -- its struggles, its joys, its strengths, its limits, and what it can and can not know." -Gerald Sider, Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, PhD Program in Anthropology"This is an excellent book for students and practitioners of anthropology, as well as for the intelligent reading public." -Edward C. Green, PhD, former Senior Research Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health"Brother Mambo is an amazing adventure that leads to an isolated group of Africans who as fugitive slaves reconstituted a society in the rainforest of Suriname." -Dr. Charles W. Kegley, past President of the International Studies Association"Lenoir and KutuKutu manage to cover delicate and complex subjects without lecturing or preaching. Their sense of humor, courage and curiousness kept me turning pages and wanting to know more." -Ann Shortt, PhD, Superintendent, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District"John's intimate Pamakan relationships taught him the meaning of life in a culture totally different from his own. Through Brother Mambo's memoir, we can achieve the same essential understanding in a constantly globalizing and changing world." -Serena Nanda, PhD, SeniorWomen.com