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Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violenceby Geoffrey Canada
Synopses & Reviews
A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children's Zone
Long before the avalanche of praise for his work--from Oprah Winfrey, fromPresident Bill Clinton, from President Barack Obama--long before he became known for his talk show appearances, Members Project spots, and documentaries like Waiting forSuperman, Geoffrey Canada was a small boy growing up scared on the mean streets of the South Bronx. His childhood world was one where sidewalk boys learned the codes ofthe block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, and knife. Then the streets changed, and the stakes got even higher. In his candid and riveting memoir, Canada relives a childhood in which violence stalkedevery street corner.
Recreating his childhood world in the South Bronx and examining current crime legislation, the author offers an analysis of how a chain of events set in motion by 1960s drug laws has led to the child violence on the streets today. Original.
About the Author
Geoffrey Canada is the president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, a nonprofit, community-based organization deemed “one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time” by the New York Times Magazine. Jonathan Kozol called him, “One of the few authentic heroes of New York and one of the best friends children have, or ever will have, in our nation,” and Oprah Winfrey simply refers to him as “an angel from God.” Canada is featured in Davis Guggenheim’s documentary Waiting for Superman.
Table of Contents
Codes of conduct — The jacket — My new friend — Union Avenue — "Program busters" — P.S. 99 — Conditioning — Shamming — Test questions — Having heart — A matter of time — America's secret war — The drug trade — "Rep" — Self-defense — Confrontations — The best way we know how — Free-fire zones — The sit down — Targeting children — Broken strategies — Beacon schools — The community concept — One shot — Peacemakers — A new mission — The call — Hope in heroes.
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