In his memoir, "There Will Be No Miracles Here," Casey Gerald reimagines what it means to truly live and succeed in our society.

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In his memoir, There Will Be No Miracles Here, Casey Gerald stands the American Dream on its head with a singular coming-of-age story, one that straddles the complex intersection of race, class, faith, queerness and masculinity. He delves into questions central to this national moment: How do we achieve success outside of a superstructure designed to suppress us? How do we rescue each other from suffering and heal from trauma without forsaking our identities? At a time when so many of us are losing faith in American institutions and reckoning with systematic injustice, Gerald brings a human and profoundly intimate voice to this collective anger and growing disillusionment, while suggesting how we might build a new foundation strong enough to sustain the richness of all that we are.

Gerald grew up in Oak Cliff, Texas, and went to Yale, where he played varsity football. While studying at Harvard Business School, he cofounded the nonprofit MBAs Across America. 

What others say

“Somehow Casey Gerald has pulled off the most urgently political, most deeply personal, and most engagingly spiritual statement of our time by just looking outside his window and inside himself. Extraordinary.” — Marlon James

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There will be no miracles here: Casey Gerald at TED2016

February 19, 2016

Casey Gerald’s story begins in an East Texas church on the night of December 31, 1999, as he joined his congregation to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ and the end of the world. Gerald had turned 12 that year, and he went to church as often as he could, making sure that the Lord […]

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