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Fraternity : In 1968, a Visionary Priest Recruited 20 Black Men to the College of the Holy Cros...

ISBN: 9780385524742 | 0385524749
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Pub. Date: 1/3/2012

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In the fall of 1968, the Reverend John Brooks, a Jesuit priest at Holy Cross college in Massachusetts, made it his mission to recruit a group of African American students to the school. He got in his car and drove up and down the East Coast, searching for young men that he felt had the potential to succeed if given an opportunity. Among the twenty students he had a hand in recruiting that fall were the Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; the Pulitzer Prizewinning author Edward P. Jones; the high-powered defense attorney Theodore Wells; Stanley Grayson, a former New York City deputy mayor who became an investment banker and broke the color barrier on Wall Street; and Eddie Jenkins, a Miami Dolphins running back during the team's 1972 perfect season. The Fraternitytells the unforgettable story of how Father Brooks transformed the lives of this remarkable group of men during one of the most fraught racial periods in the history of our country. Based on exclusive interviews with Brooks and the men whose lives he forever altered, including Clarence Thomas, Diane Brady writes about what drove Brooks to single-handedly recruit them, mentor them, and spur on great changes in their lives when everyone else doubted them. In the tradition of triumphant and bestselling books about the power of education likeThe Color of WaterorThe Pact,The Fraternityis the emotionally and dramatically rich tale of a great educator who, against all odds, molded an unlikely group of young men into some of the most influential leaders today.


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