Noted Family Attorney Lester L. Barclay on nationwide tour to promote groundbreaking book about divorce in the black community

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Tour making stops in major cities like San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston and Denver where the author will host book-signing events for The African-American Guide to Divorce & Drama

Barclay to be featured at CBC Annual Legislative Conference’s Author’s Pavilion – Sept. 19, Wash. DC

CHICAGO, IL – Building on the successful late spring launch of his new book, The African-American Guide to Divorce & Drama: Breaking Up Without Breaking Down, Chicago-based attorney Lester L. Barclay has taken his message on the road with a nationwide book-signing tour hitting stops in San Francisco, Houston, Washington, DC and Atlanta, among others. The multi-city tour got underway August 17 at the Los Angeles Black Book Expo and runs through November (full schedule below); it will be highlighted by an appearance at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference’s Author’s Pavilion. The book officially went on sale June 27with a gala kick-off in Barclay’s hometown of Chicago and is available for purchase online at

The first-ever comprehensive book on divorce tailored specifically for the black community, The African-American Guide to Divorce & Drama is a277-page guide that skillfully shepherds readers through the often painful process of separation and divorce, while seeking to minimize the “drama” and trauma for them and their children. Its message focuses primarily on divorce and non-marital separation, alongside custody, visitation, child support, financial disputes, and related issues in the context of African-American cultural and social realities.

The African-American Guide to Divorce & Drama is Barclay’s first book, and the initial offering from Khari Publishing, Ltd.   The guide, which features a foreword by TV’s Judge Mablean Ephriam, draws on the author’s more than 25 years of legal experience as a matrimonial lawyer. On the tour, Barclay will sign copies of his book and speak directly to audiences about the perils of drama-filled divorces and ways to avoid them.

“The purpose of this book has always been to empower black folk to successfully navigate through what is often among the most trying times of their lives,” says Barclay. “While there are many services that help prepare couples for marriage, the same does not hold true on the opposite end. I want to use this tour as an opportunity to get the message of finding a better path directly to the people who need it most, and meet them where they are.”

More than 50 percent of all African-American marriages end in divorce, not counting the non-marital breakups, and most often, the breakdown of a family affects the children. Throughout the U.S., families are torn apart by divorce and its consequences. Worse still, much of the emotional pain and fighting is unnecessary. A divorce does not have to be an emotional bloodbath. There is a better way.

Drama, as the author defines it, is “a situation (or a series of happenings) that marks a vivid, emotional, conflicting, or striking impression on a person’s life…is highly emotional, turbulent, and sometimes tragic.”

With The African-American Guide to Divorce & Drama, Barclay, a highly respected African-American attorney and managing partner of The Barclay Law Group, provides readers with a user-friendly guide that supplements the service of divorce attorneys and shows them how to make the divorce process as peaceful as possible. His aim is to help Black divorce litigants reduce the level of “drama” in their divorce cases.

Via the book’s 22 chapters and multiple sections, Barclay underscores the unique cultural distinctions underlying most African-American divorces and separations, including such areas as the matriarchal composition of many black families, the influential role of the Black Church, and the community’s general reluctance to seek mental health therapy, among others. The guidecovers divorce drama and its aftermath in five dimensions: personal, legal and financial, family, community, and life after.

Crafted to be informative and engaging, The African-American Guide To Divorce & Drama offers readers a 360-degree view of the divorce process, highlighted by such chapter and topic titles as “I’m Mad As Hell,” “I Need A Man,” “I Need A Woman,” “The Word At The Church,” “Money Versus Peace,” “25 Questions You Should Ask Your Divorce Attorney,” 11 Biggest Pre-Divorce Mistakes To Avoid,” “14 Biggest Post-Divorce Mistakes,”among many others.

There are also sections titled “Act Now,” where Barclay provides step-by-step directions and tips to guide divorced parties toward achieving a “drama-free” divorce. These timely suggestions encourage new ways to think and act by advising paths a divorcing man, woman, or parent should take, and certainly should not take. By applying “Act Now” recommendations, readers can successfully empower their emergence through breakup, divorce, its process, and aftermath.

Whether readers are contemplating separation or divorce, in the middle of divorce, or seeking to recover from a breakup, The African-American Guide to Divorce & Drama will provide assistance for healing and wholeness, as well as protecting their children during the ordeal. Hardly any issue related to divorce and drama in the black experience goes uncovered.

The African-American Guide to Divorce & Drama: Breaking Up Without Breaking Down is available in hardcover and e-book versions.

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  1. August 17 Los Angeles, CA
  2. September 8  Chicago, Il
  3. September 19 Washington, D.C.
  4. September 20 Washington, D.C.
  5. September 27 Atlanta, GA
  6. October 4 Charleston, SC
  7. October 18 St. Louis, MO
  8. October 25 Denver, CO
  9. October 28 Chicago, IL
  10. November 1 Houston, TX
  11. November 8 Minneapolis, MN
  12. November 9 St. Paul, MN
  13. November 15 San Francisco, CA

*Dates/Places subject to change; venues to be announced.

About The Author

Lester L. Barclay is the managing partner of The Barclay Law Group in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, he has practiced matrimonial law since 1985. In that time, he has earned a sterling reputation as a skilled litigator who seeks to maintain the family’s integrity during and after divorce. His passionate calling is to help children, who are so often collateral damage in custody and divorce matters. Frequently, the court appoints him Guardian Ad Litem to protect the interests of children in marital breakups. His influential and ethnically diverse law firm serves an equally diverse clientele. The firm’s list of clients has included Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Estate of Emmett Till, the National Black Evangelical Association, and the handling of family law matters involving professional athletes Eddy Curry, Richard Dent, Antwaan Randle El and Dwyane Wade. Lester L. Barclay lives in Chicago with his wife, Dr. Sue Barclay, and their three children.

About Khari Publishing, Ltd.

Khari Publishing, Ltd. was established in 2013. Its mission is to fill a void in the African-American community by publishing media resources on divorce and related matters that are useful for reducing the relationship drama among African-Americans. The initial publication of Khari Publishing, Ltd., is the groundbreaking book released in Summer 2013: The African-American Guide to Divorce and Drama: Breaking Up Without Breaking Down, by Attorney Lester L. Barclay.

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