The Onyx Renaissance

The Onyx Renaissance

by Melvin L. Jones


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"Excellence, with no regrets"...
"Chill Will", "Benji", "Big Mel", "Juice" and "Ice"... Will Appling, Owen Benjamin, Mel Jones, O.J. McDuffie, and Marcus Teague. Before the Michigan "Fab Five", there was the "Juice Crew All-Stars" of Hawken. The author of the critically acclaimed, "Park Dreams", Melvin L. Jones presents his newest project; telling a narrative of his personal experience in high school with four of his closest friends.
In the Fall of 1985, five young men from the Cleveland area... two from Cleveland's Woodhill Park neighborhood, and three from Warrensville Heights, began their high school experience at Hawken School; a private school on the outskirts of Cleveland in Gates Mills.
In the three years they attended, the "Juice Crew" changed the way people looked at the school as a whole; athletically and socially. While at the same time, these five young men saw civic, cultural and economic differences; things they never dreamed of experiencing while living around the inner city of Cleveland. In an era where social media was relegated to newspapers, radio and television, the "Juice Crew" brought notoriety to a school that was widely considered to be... "a school for bookworms".
"The Onyx Renaissance" chronicled the story of how these five young men came together, and forged a brotherhood that allowed them to express themselves athletically and socially; their acts had long-lasting effects on the school located in Gates Mills... effects that were still being felt today. In a phrase; the "Juice Crew" made Hawken... "Prime Time".

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781078740456
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 07/20/2020
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 818,391
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Straight outta’ Westwood…

Melvin L. Jones is a native of Warrensville Heights, a suburb on the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from Gates Mills Hawken, he attended the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and the University of Akron.

Since giving up his athletic endeavors, he returned to Warrensville Heights to be an educator in the school system. Even though he hung up his cleats and track shoes, he stayed connected to athletics by becoming an official to numerous interscholastic sports; including being an umpire at the famed Cooperstown Dreams Park 12u Tournament.

He is the proud father of two strong-minded young ladies and a young man who is full of character and moxie. From his numerous travails and life experiences, he deems that he does not write novels; instead, “… paints vivid pictures; not for you to read or see, but for you to experience… one chapter at a time.”

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