This new book was released on February 20th, 2016 at the Los Angeles Public Library Author Series" Literacy is Every Thing." Success Stories: Insights by African American Men" is an inspirational collection of stories by 19 African American Men. It also includes researched based information by Reginald Grant, MSEd on Reaching and Teaching African American Children. A cross generational collection of stories from college students to men in retirement, a true glimpse into the journey of African American Men in America.
“African American males want the same things as everyone else, a family, a job a education, the opportunity to live the American dream. “ J. Everett Pearsall , Executive Director of the National Alliance of African American Athletes. I, nor most African American males don’t want any handouts or hand me downs, just the opportunity to compete on a level playing field. But, being an African American male in American is a unique experience.
Black men are our ancestors, fathers, husbands, baby daddies, boyfriends, nephews and sons,—they are all of us—and it is past time to eradicate the stigmas surrounding African American Males. We need to step up to fight the misinformation too often perpetrated in main stream media. In the first section of the book are their Success Stories, told by African American Men. How they have persevered and overcome here in the American system so heavily stacked against them.
In the book we look at the research, the historical factors and hopefully provide some insight and solutions.
The Success Stories included in the book are as follows.
Raymond Wright (Stanford Student, Watkins Award Alumni)
“A Lifetime of Fear …a young black man in America”
. Michael Montgomery (Retired NFL)
“A heartbeat away from your destiny”
Charles Barnes (Musician, Author)
“If You keep Going Everything will be Alright”
Casey Cummings (Branding Professional)
“The Cummings Family, A Family of Success
Chase Moore (Holy Cross )
, “My Vocation”
Zachary Byrge , (UCLA) “Beating the Odds”
Troy Durk (USC) “Humble Beginnings”
Caylin L. Moore (Fulbright Scholar, TCU)
“Life isn’t Easy”,
Robert Carter (Retired LAPD),
“Take advantage of your Opportunities”
Chris Ward, Phd ( Retired NFL All-Pro, Minister),
“From a Dumpster to the NFL and beyond”
Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr. ( Minister, UMM)
"Don't you ever stop believing in yourself?"
Robert “Bob” Baddy (Retired Dept of Commerce), “
47 foreign countries…What a Journey!” 1
Mark Campbell, (Educator, Speaker)
“Are You Running Away from Something or Sprinting Towards Greatness?”
Tyrone Tate (Educator, Entrepreneur )
"How could I be so unique in overcoming adversity without God?"
Ashley Tucker (Actor, Writer),
“Victors not Victims.” 16.
J. Everette Pearsall (Director Nonprofit).
“From West Baltimore to the World”
Delmus Harris (Law Enforcement).
"Overcoming Destructive Comments from Others
Steven Holden ( Former NFL player, Coach)
“From Watts to the NFL because I Listened”
Reginald Grant ( Author, Educator, Speaker),
“ Stop Pigeonholing Me “.and more…..
Plus Section Two of the book
“Reaching and Teaching African American Males”