“Arise” unearth the essence & struggles of Black men & their respective families in America during the 20th century (early 1900’s- 2000). This document unfolds some of the emotional turmoil families encountered prior to/from the great migration-journey from the southern cotton fields of Georgia- to the booming urban industries of the North. The book provides dreadful and horrifying accounts and testimonies revealing the hardships of their uncles, brothers, cousins, friends and men during their youth. The author unveils his family as a microcosm as other Black families living in rural and urban America during the pre-civil rights era: segregation, discrimination, riots, Vietnam War, welfare establishment/entitlement and the post aftermath of the civil rights movement.
He also highlights many unsung heroes who played a significant role in the religious community who helped stabilize fragmented Single parent house-holds. They extended provided support to mothers in coping with the brutality and social injustice of their sons. He also unmasking the Million Man March along with other rallies and social challenges of this new era.
Finally, he gives voice to his personal calling and convictions in serving as a community advocate. He affirms men and families can “Arise from the beneath the rubble of discrimination, racism, hardships, poverty, crime, and other life threatening challenges. The author lends his experience and professional training to aid men, families and communities in living above their mental & social conditions and circumstances.