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  • A Small Candlelight Between the Darkness
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A Small Candlelight is a novel I wrote under the pen-name Nobles, but it is based on the life of my son and me.  This is Part 1 of my story.  I redid the book into two parts at the request of some high school teachers, librarians and students.  I chose pseudonyms for the characters because this story was very difficult for me to write. It involved a lot of deep-seated pain and anger. I think you might find my book as relevant as I did when I read The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and Manchild In The Promised Land by Claude Brown.


Although this book came out of my personal experience, I also interviewed other families, inmates, attorneys, judges, and correctional officials. While this is my story, it is a story that can be told by thousands. Throughout my 28 years of teaching, I came across numerous families and young men plagued by the inequalities and the cruelty of the criminal justice system, simply for being black. This has created a paradigm of “Learned Hopelessness” in the attitudes and behavioral patterns of too many African American males from a very young age.


A Small Candlelight is the story of a young black mother trying to raise her children in a poor, tough Philly neighborhood. She thought she was raising her son up to become a decent, strong black man, but somehow, he still ends up in prison. Like any good mother, she has to help her child. In her quest to help her son survive this terrible thing that has happened in their lives, she is forced to reflect upon her own life, the deeply hidden horrors, as well as the things that transformed her life.


I could not tell this story by sugar-coating what is still happening in this country. Some of the language is strong. I had to tell the truth about how racism, crime and ineffective-education impacts the quality of living for African Americans, and more specifically how biased treatment of African American males has influenced the very core of their self-concept. We are losing our young men to the streets and to prisons all across this country. This story can help us understand why we need to teach our children to love and respect their history so that they can be inspired to make better choices. This is also a social commentary about the impact / perception of the criminal justice system upon the poor and particularly African American males in America.


I am hoping that through this book I will be able to reach out to the clergy, colleges and particularly, historically black colleges, other caring individuals and civic-minded organizations interested in reform.  This book could start the conversation and lead to a realistic plan to resolve this epidemic of black on black crime, and create an educational system that respects our culture, and actively engages and motivates our children to become leaders, entrepreneurs and keepers of our community.


We can change the course of history for African American males. Reading my book can be resourceful. It can also be used as a teaching tool to advance our young African American males, as well as those young men seeking a second chance in the community. This book can help young women too!

 


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