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Often raw and painful, always honest and affecting, this collection of personal stories written by young people stands as an eloquent tribute to the courage of today's youth and to the power of their own words. This book is well done and sure to create a platform for discussion and reflection.

Maybe through these voices we can all learn some compassion and understanding.. Comer "The accounts [of the African American adolescents] are both thought-provoking and extremely intimate. Maybe through these voices we can all learn some compassion and understanding.

As the students open their souls to reflect on their experiences of childhood and adolescence, they invite us to think with them about the effects of racism and also about courage, resistance and hope. This book is for everyone. Help Centre. Track My Order. My Wishlist Sign In Join. Robinson Editor , Robert Kilkenny Editor.

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Soul on Ice. New York, NY: Delta, New York: NY: Dell, The topic of war and recovery is most often discussed in relation to international communities and the U. However, there have been domestic "wars" in the U. These hot zones existed 50 years ago in ; 50 years before that in ; and 50 years before that in Been here, still here, and ain't going nowhere no time soon. When civil wars, driven by issues of race, culture, politics, and poverty, are fought by everyday people, the lasting devastation can easily be forgotten.

Just as the daily realities of foreign war often go unknown by those living thousands of miles away from the war zone, the continued challenges of healing ourselves physically and spiritually from the effects of societal oppression can also remain unknown by those who were not the targets of such oppression. Understanding what life looks and feels like inside of such a racial war zone offers important insight into the American experience. Fifty years ago, two critical texts were published that offered this raw perspective into life as a Black activist in America.

On the surface, Ann Moody's Coming of Age in Mississippi and Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice are two starkly different memoirs that seem more like distant cousins than fraternal twins. Though they were both published in and they are both critical life reflections of two liberation fighters. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. They must be felt with the heart. Do not praise yourself not slander others: There are still many days to go and any thing could happen. Before him I may think aloud. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

W. E. B. Du Bois

One fails forward toward success. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness. Le Guin.


It reminds him that failure is not the ultimate disaster. And this reminder liberates him from the mean fussing of perfectionism. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of life getting his living.

senjouin-kikishiro.com/images/xevewix/526.php So was man created, to hunger for the ideal that is above himself, until one day there is magic in the air, and the eyes of a girl rest upon him. He does not know that it is he himself who crowned her, and if the girl is as pure as he, their love is the one form of idolatry that is not quite ignoble. It is the joining of two souls on their way to God. But if the woman be bad, the test of the man is when he wakens from his dream. The nobler his ideal, the further will he have been hurried down the wrong way, for those who only run after little things will not go far.

His love may now sink into passion, perhaps only to stain its wings and rise again, perhaps to drown.


We should be slower to think that the man at his worst is the real man, and certain that the better we are ourselves the less likely is he to be at his worst in our company. Every time he talks away his own character before us he is signifying contempt for ours. I shall be told that she thought far more of him than he deserved, forgetting the mean in the worthy: but who that has had a glimpse of heaven will care to let his mind dwell henceforth on earth? Love, it is said, is blind, but love is not blind.

It is an extra eye, which shows us what is most worthy of regard. Great opportunities are worth the risk. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it. It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true. If you want happiness for a day - go fishing. If you want happiness for a month - get married. If you want happiness for a year - inherit a fortune.

If you want happiness for a lifetime - help someone else. Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform all our individual actions. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first. When you learn to live for others, they will live for you.

Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it. The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value. It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God. If you are not willing to make the sacrifice, then keep searching.

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No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.