Book Talk: 8 Years of Glory: Barack Becomes a Morehouse Man by S. Earl Wilson III
" A fitting tribute; truthful, moving."
— Sarah Mazonni,The BookWalker
In the world today, there are many conversations among and about the experiences of African Americans. Often, these conversations revolve around racism, prejudice, and the injustices that many black people experience in their daily lives. These topics saturate the conversations on blackness, and rightfully so because there is still so much work to be done as a society to address these issues. In the midst of all these, there is a conversation that we don't talk about often or enough - black excellence.
S. Earl Wilson III's 8 Years of Glory: Barack Becomes a Morehouse Man brings a much-needed message. In Morehouse, a notable college, alone, there is a very long list of excellent black men and women. Wilson himself as his father before him are Morehouse men.
Another great example of black excellence is the 44th president of the United States, Barrack Obama. At the beginning of his bid for the presidency, Obama was met with hesitation from the author, S. Earl Wilson III. In his previous view, if there was to be a first black president, that individual should be one of the exemplary Morehouse graduates.
Obama, as we now know, went on to become America's first black president and as he did for many people of all races, proved his own excellence in leadership. His voice in debates and speeches eventually convinced Wilson that although the next black president of the United States of America should be a Morehouse man, Barrack Obama, as the author would describe him, is a "smart cookie". In 8 years of glory, Wilson chronicles Obama's terms as president as well as the important milestones and achievements of his presidential career.
Wilson writes an important message that black children can relate to and be inspired by. This is a message, which should be echoed by many others, that black children and the world need today.
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" A fitting tribute; truthful, moving."
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Note from the Author;
First of all, I come from a family of readers and educators. My grandmother, on my father's side, with her white heritage and brilliant mind, was allowed to get a high school education during the late 1800s. Her oldest son, who was my father, inherited some of her brilliance and graduated from Eureka High School, then Morehouse College, and the University of Wisconsin, all with honors. He was a voracious reader and scholar too. He also taught school and became a principal. He was my high school principal and administrator of my mother, who attended Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia.
My mother taught high school English in my high school, where she introduced me to William Shakespeare, Longfellow, Rudyard Kipling, and others. My father introduced me to Richard Wright, Frank Yerby, and a host of others like Dickens, Alexander Dumas, Stevenson, James Joyce, Mark Twain, W.E.B. Bois, and many, many more great writers. I do not write to show my readers how extensive my vocabulary is by using words that keep my readers constantly running to dictionaries to seek their meanings. I use the "Kiss style" - Keep it simple, Sam.
For instance, others may write-"The inappropriateness of using the pocket knife to hew the giant hollyhock was indeed absurd or ludicrous." While I might say, "It made about as much sense as a coon dog hunting rabbits.''
In all my writings, there are things of significance and historical facts to be learned/read. I am an ex-school teacher who is still teaching through my books. Most of my stories have Happy Endings! Sam Wilson, Ill P.S. My wife, Ruby Jewel, acquired her love for reading while attending The Pine Woods Country Life School in Mississippi. As a "Cotton Blossom Singer," she read as they traveled across America. My book, "I.T.'s Cotton Blossom Time," tells the real story.