The pact. bySampson Davis. Publication date Topics African American physicians -- Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files. NPR coverage of The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill Note: Book excerpts are provided by the publisher and may contain. The Pact | Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt with Liza Frazier Page. THE PACT The Pact is a book that should never end up on a shelf.
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Chosen by Essence to be among the forty most influential African Americans, the three doctors grew up in the streets of Newark, facing city life's temptations, pitfalls, even jail. But one day these three young men made a pact. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt are not. The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream by Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt. Difficulty Level: 4. This book is. Editorial Reviews. lesforgesdessalles.info Review. As teenagers from a rough part of Newark, New Highlight, take notes, and search in the book; In this edition, page numbers are just like the physical edition; Length: pages; Word Wise: Enabled.
Jackson was as comfortable talking to a crack dealer on the corner as he was chatting with the mayor. Whatever he bought for his two sons, he bought for me, too. Editorial Reviews Amazon. Customers who bought this item also bought. A story about changing your life, and the lives of those you love most Told in alternating first-person chapters, the story of these young men's struggle has remarkable clarity and insight. And within our story are many others, of mentors, friends, relatives, and even strangers we met along the way, whose goodwill and good deeds made a difference in our lives.
The Pact narrates the lives of Rameck Hunt, Sampson Davis, and George Jenkins, three young black men that grew up in a community of violence, ignorance, and failure. The book shows their first-hand experience of racism and the low expectations for their future. Eventually the three make a promise that one day they will not only graduate from college, but that they will graduate as doctors.
They later receive a scholarship to Seton Hall University , although the process proves to be a difficult one. Despite managing to overcome enough obstacles to gain a scholarship and attend college, they still run into racism, mediocrity, and failure.
At one point the group debates giving up and dropping out of college, but are talked out of it by the school's guidance counselor, Carla Dickson. They then decide to face their obstacles in more adequate ways and graduate from Seton Hall. The three then study to become doctors, with Hunt and Davis deciding to attend medical school while Jenkins decides to become a dentist. The book ends with all three of them passing and earning their medical degrees at their respective schools.
Critical reception for The Pact has been positive,  with many schools utilizing it in their lesson plans. Instead, they read flatly, forcing us, at times, to grapple with context and intent. In a documentary focusing on the three doctors was released through Spark Media and directed by Sylvia Holmes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
We found in one another a friendship that works in a powerful way; a friendship that helped three vulnerable boys grow into successful men; a friendship that ultimately helped save our lives. But it wasn't always easy. There were times when one of us was ready to give up, and times when we made bad decisions. Some of that is ugly and difficult to admit, and we suffered pain and other consequences. But we have laid it all out here nonetheless. We did this because we hope that our story will inspire others, so that even those young people who feel trapped by their circumstances, or pulled by peer pressure in the wrong directions, might look for a way out not through drugs, alcohol, crime, or dares but through the power of friendship.
And within our story are many others, of mentors, friends, relatives, and even strangers we met along the way, whose goodwill and good deeds made a difference in our lives.
We hope our story will also demonstrate that anyone with enough compassion has the power to transform and redirect someone else's troubled life. If we have succeeded at all in helping to turn even a single life around or in opening a window of hope, then this book was well worth our effort.
At eleven, I sported a set of seriously crooked teeth, and my mother had taken me to the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark to get braces that we hoped would improve my smile. My curiosity must have impressed the dentist, because he not only explained his tools and how he planned to use them; he also taught me the names and number of teeth and how to count and classify them.
A few minutes later, he quizzed me to see how much I remembered. Our little game left me so excited that I could hardly wait for my next appointment. That was when I began thinking about becoming a dentist someday. I don't remember the dentist's name, but I never forgot what he did for me. He gave me a dream. And there was no greater gift for a smart kid growing up in a place where dreams were snatched away all the time.
I spent the first seven years of my life in Apartment 5G of the Stella Wright Housing Projects with my mother and older brother. Our building was a graffiti-covered, thirteen-story high-rise with elevators that smelled like urine and sometimes didn't work.
Like public-housing projects in major cities across the country, the Stella Wright development was massive: They were packed with hundreds of poor families like mine, mostly mothers and children, few fathers in sight. My favorite place was the playground.
But like so many structures around the development, it stayed in disrepair. My friends and I were constantly climbing, jumping, and swinging on broken-down equipment that daily threatened our lives. One day when I was five, I was playing on the wooden jungle gym and tried to skip over a missing plank to get to the sliding board.
My jump was short, and I missed. My small body slipped through the gap and slammed to the ground below. The impact knocked me unconscious.
My brother, Garland, just six and a half then, rushed over, slapped my face over and over again, and tried to scoop my body up in his arms, thinking I was dead. Blood gushed from the back of my head.
He screamed for our mother. Our mother, Ella Jenkins Mack, has always been the dominant figure in my life. I was just a toddler when she and my father, George Jenkins, Sr. I rarely saw my father after that. But we never spent the kind of time together that builds a relationship. As soon as my mother, my brother, and I moved to the projects in a building on Muhammad Ali Avenue, my mom started working to get us out.
She was a proud woman, and she didn't like living in public housing. She wanted to make it on her own. Raised on a farm with eight brothers and sisters in Warrenton, South Carolina, she had been taught to fend for herself. She developed a toughness that at times made her seem emotionless, but her determination and consistency stabilized our lives. I never saw life break her down.
When Garland and I did well, she praised us without gushing. And we knew better than to expect a reward for doing what we were expected to do, like cleaning our room or making a good grade on a report card. Mom began working as a financial customer-service representative for Chubb Insurance Company in and still works there today.
By the time I was seven, she had saved enough to move us out of the projects. We moved a block away to High Park Gardens, a private complex with landscaped gardens, grass, and a few trees. The complex operated like a co-op. We could see our old building in the projects from the back window. Four years later, my mother married Garland's father, Heyward Mack, a decent and quiet man with a Southern drawl that tied him to his South Carolina roots. He had been around for most of my life, but we never connected emotionally.
He didn't treat me differently because I was his stepson. It just seemed he was at a loss for how to develop a relationship with me, or even with his biological son when he reentered our lives full-time. My stepfather didn't care much for sports, so we couldn't bond while watching the Knicks on television or sharing hot dogs at Mets games at Shea Stadium. He always seemed to be working on cars, but he never pulled us under the hood with him for the kind of interaction that can bring a father and son together.
He kept mostly to himself and played an auxiliary role, more like an uncle, transporting us where we needed to go and occasionally giving us money. He wasn't unkind, and I know at times he must have felt like an outsider who could never quite break into the tight triangle that was my mother, my brother, and I.
Six years into the marriage, Garland and I returned to the apartment after school one day and noticed that the VCR was missing from its spot underneath the television in the living room. We walked from room to room and discovered that in our parents' bedroom someone had rifled the dresser drawers and left them open.
We were sure we had been robbed. I called Mom as quickly as my fingers could press the numbers. When I told her what had happened, she started laughing.
It seemed a strange response for a woman who had just learned she had been ripped off. But she knew the truth: The closest thing to a father I ever knew was my friend's dad, Shahid Jackson. I know it's hard, but realize that you have an opportunity to make a difference in your lives" Davis, et al. This line was one of my favorites because Dickson explains how college is just the beginning of adulthood.
Whatever the person does in life, it is their responsibility to make the best of it because whatever happens will affect them and possibly others around them as well.
There is not much to dislike about this book except the lovesick portion. I did not really like that part because I felt it was not really necessary to talk about love in a pact between friendship. Because of love, Rameck almost destroyed his pact with Sampson and George.
However, it did not. His heart was broken, but his mind was focused for medical school. Overall, this book taught me about how all struggles can be overcome and nobody is alone. Friends, family, teachers, workers, and more can serve as role models. It is always better to work somebody by your side than alone. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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