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The Bookshelf: April 17, 2014

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Promises Kept.

Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life

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PROMISES KEPT: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life

by Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson & Hilary Beard

Written as a response to the “struggles, tears and frustration” their son faced, this book is also a companion to American Promise, an acclaimed 2013 documentary Brewster and his wife made about Idris’ Dalton experiences, as well as those of his fellow students of color. The authors offer a plethora of information and advice geared toward the specific developmental needs of black boys. For Brewster and Stephenson, preparation begins before birth and includes everything from taking parenting classes to eating only the most nutritious foods. Their involvement should also extend into schools and classrooms, where low expectations for black males breed failure. Thorough and detailed, this guidebook is also a call to action.

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