The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood

The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood

Kevin Powell

within the spirit of Piri Thomas’s Down those suggest Streets and Maya Angelou’s I understand Why the Caged chicken Sings, author and activist Kevin Powell’s memoir—“illuminating…an schooling for us all” (USA Today)—vividly recounts the terrible poverty of his early life and his struggles to beat a legacy of anger, violence, and self-hatred.

When Kevin Powell used to be 3, he came upon the risky nature of his global: a spot of discomfort, poverty, violence, fireplace, rats, roaches, and an apprehension that will hang-out him for years; but in addition moments of pleasure, transcendence, and belonging. by the point he graduated from highschool, whatever his unmarried mom and his grandparents didn't do, Powell had survived abuse, abandonment by means of his father, debilitating low vanity, a police beating, and years of continuing relocation—from college to varsity, local to local. He used to be left feeling remoted, pondering if his existence had any worth, and doubting that he could continue to exist to determine previous age.

during this unflinchingly sincere autobiography, Kevin Powell displays on his tumultuous, turbulent passage from baby to guy. He revisits the trail that led him to develop into a winning author, public speaker, activist, and forged member at the influential first season of MTV’s The genuine World. He additionally remembers the poor lows he persisted of melancholy, concepts of suicide, alcoholism, financial disaster, doomed relationships, failed political campaigns, and the soul-shattering homicide of Tupac Shakur.

repeatedly, Powell harks again to classes his mom taught him as a bit boy: by no means cease studying, by no means cease telling the reality, constantly try to be a greater guy, do what's correct. Written with urgency and perception by way of essentially the most talented voices of our instances, The schooling of Kevin Powell is a robust chronicle of therapeutic and development, survival and redemption. eventually, Kevin Powell’s trip is our trip, too.

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