“Holy Cross, Black Power, and the Sixties could have been an unholy mix. A bold Jesuit priest made it a holy one. The story of Father John Brooks, Clarence Thomas, Ted Wells, and the others rings with power, pride, and human feeling. Fraternity and the saga it retells adds honor to my college.”—Chris Matthews, anchor, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews
“Diane Brady’s book brilliantly shows how the attention and concern of one man changed not only the course of these individual lives but the course of history. This book is a template of how we should all think about both our societal responsibility and the gift of mentorship.”—Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore
“An incredibly inspiring book . . . Diane Brady has captured the story not just of a group of amazing black men and their mentor but of an era. But most of all, Fraternity is about the power of hope, the power of presence in the lives of others, the power of mentorship, role modeling, and actionable belief. And this is why I see this book as the best modern-day example of the continued power of Dr. King’s Dream.”—John Hope Bryant, founder and CEO of Operation HOPE and author of Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World
“Rife with questions about education that are as vital today as they were in the sixties, Fraternity is a reminder that success in life is often about being given the chance to succeed, and that great educators have the power to shape the course of history. This is an important story that will bring endless inspiration.”—Sampson Davis, author of The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream
Brooks and Holy Cross as well as the courage of the young men who matriculated at the college.
The group showed great solidarity and supported one another, but never seemed to force each other to fit into any religious or philosophical perspective.
After reading the book, I realized that like me she felt it an important story that needed to be told.
I read this book because my son just started his freshman year at HC and I wanted to get a feel for the legacy as far as African American young people. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Debra A. Colquitt
It is an interesting tale of 5 young men who arrive at a white, middle class, Catholic university in the turbulent sixties. Read more
I did not get what I ordered. I would like to have the book form of the Pact. I am very pleased with every thing else.Published 9 months ago by mable w.worthy
A fascinating story recounting the quest of one determined priest who was committed to do the right thing and bring a very prestigious Catholic college kicking and screaming into... Read morePublished 9 months ago by elizabeth terlizzi
The most extraordinary achievement of this book and, in fact, the principal reason to recommend it, is that it demonstrates so clearly the influence that one person can play in... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Carolyn Kost
I learned so much about the vision of Fr. Brooks and Holy Cross as well as the courage of the young men who matriculated at the college. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Book lover
This is a very good book. Interesting story that was worth the read. Captures the period of time after King's assassination and the challenge of black young men succeeding at an... Read morePublished 13 months ago by ArikB
The first affirmative action program? A priest's attempt to level the playing field, interesting because some of the names are known.Published 14 months ago by Paula Henderson