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THE PACT : THREE YOUNG MEN
MAKE A PROMISE AND FULFILL A DREAM
Riverhead Books, 2002.
If you grow up around gangs,
drugs, and violence you are suppose to be a criminal right?
and Rameck grew up in poor homes in New Jersey neighborhoods where kids
don't have a chance. Unless they are motivated that is!
school these men learned of a program for minority students interested
in becoming doctors. That day their lives changed. George, Sam, and Rameck
made a promise to each other to finish college and become doctors no matter
what, and they did. One is a dentist, two are doctors, and they could not
have done it without the friendship and inspiration of one another. The
“pact” these men made in high school acted as a positive force to steer
them away from the problems and dangers of the streets they played on as
boys and send them into the medical world to help their communities as
men. Read about growing up in the hood and finding a way out, but a way
give back as well in The Pact.
by: Sue Anne Beym for South
Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees 2005
It would have been easier for Sam Davis, George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt,
three young African Americans, to stay in their familiar inner city neighborhoods
in Newark, New Jersey. Their neighborhoods were dangerous.
Fights, drug usage and poverty were common. But, these neighborhoods
were familiar, these neighborhoods were home.
A discussion with his dentist during a routine visit, causes George to
think about a possible career choice in that field. But, what chance
would someone with his background have of attaining such a goal?
The same thing for his friends, Rameck and Sam who would like to become
doctors. Then, one day, just to get out of class, they attend a presentation
by a representative from Seton Hall University who tells them about a program
that provides tutoring and financial assistance to poor students who are
considering careers in the medical field. After much consideration,
they make the decision to sign up for the program and make a pact among
themselves that they will all make it through together. Not one of
the three will be “allowed” to fail, quit or stop. The other two
will not allow it.
Sam, George and Rameck encounter many difficulties along the way.
There are many times when each one of them considers quitting, but the
inner motivation and “the pact” keeps each one going.
This book is a true tribute to friendship. “The only reward of virtue
is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one." These young
men proved that this saying by Ralph Waldo Emerson is true! A very
inspiring story. (Francoise H. Fussell, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Universtiy of South Carolina, College of Library & Information Studies)
The odds were against them.
Three African-American males from the inner city surrounded by violence,
drugs and alcohol aren’t supposed to be successful doctors, right?
Wrong! This awe-inspiring book is the true story of the pact three
friends made as teenagers in Newark, New Jersey. See how each of
these doctors struggled, sacrificed and succeeded in The Pact. (Joanne
Goose Creek High)
African American physicians -- Biography.
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