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Words from an Unchained Mind 1st Edition

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Steven Whitehurst was born into a single-parent family in Chicago on March 3, 1967. After spending his early years living in housing projects on the city's southside, his family moved to Harvey, Illinois. In Harvey, Steven graduated from Thornton Township High School in 1984. After a brief time at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, he attended Thornton Community College (now South Suburban College) and graduated with High Honors, earning two degrees. Steven then went on to graduate Cum Laude from Chicago State University, with a B.A. in history and a minor in political science. He later returned to Chicago State University to pursue graduate studies. Aside from being an author Steven has worked as an Investigator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as an advisor to disadvantaged college students, as a college administrator, and on numerous political campaigns. He has also held two political posts in Illinois: Township Committeeman a! nd State Central Committeeman. Among his numerous awards are the New Scriblerus Society's Creative Excellence Award, and the Afrique Malcolm X Award for Self-Actualization. He currently runs his own website at stevenwhitehurst.com.

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Excerpt from the CONCERNS OF COLOR section:I spent most of my academic career in predominantly African-American schools learning what they taught us, and not thinking too much about the content of the subject. It wasn't until I reached college, and took it upon myself to study my African history, that I realized that the African experience has been all but excluded from today's classrooms. It was then that I truly realized that I, along with my African-American sisters and brothers, had been programmed into a Eurocentric educational system which systematically strips us of our collective cultural identity by distorting, and in many cases totally omitting, our history from its teachings. Through elementary school and high school I heard a few words about Dr. Martin Luther King, but that was it. I heard nothing about the great cultures that Mother Africa had developed. I heard nothing about our great warriors who had dominated parts of Europe, and in fact had shake! n the earth to its very core. I heard nothing about militant African-American leaders like Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey, or militant groups like the Black Panthers. In short, I heard nothing about our rich history and that angered me! It was then that I set the mental wheels turning with the purpose of one day writing a book which would correct these injustices....

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Conquering Books Llc; 1st edition (December 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564110141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564110145
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,162,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Whitehurst's "Words From An Unchained Mind" is a must read for everyone. The list of vital agencies and predominatly Black, Native American, Hispanic & Asian Colleges & Universities remains a constant resource for me in making recommendations to my students. The thought provoking prose demands attention. You cannot read this book and just walk away from it. The words paint a visual picture that forces one to react. My African American students that have read it, have gained new insight into their heritage and a renewed pride and interest in thier culture and history. The other ethnicities are moved to re-evaluate their biases and views on this historic race. Mr. Whitehurst's writing goes beyond the printed word and the reader is transformed into his world with all the emotion, feelings and depth of experience. At times you will feel his rage, his sorrow, his anguish and his pride. His book provides an open door into this rich culture for anyone who desires a deeper understanding of their history and values as well as their suffering. Every human alive, should read "We Africans" (on pages 45 & 46) if they read nothing else in this book. Once you've read it, you will understand. Don't pass up this book! It will enrich your life as well as your appreciation for the diversity in all of us.
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