I Wonder Why? I Know Why. Never mind!

by Jamael McCauley with Jerry Ingram



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 01/01/0001

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 100
ISBN : 9781463409937

About the Book

I WONDER WHY? I KNOW WHY. NEVER MIND! By Jamael McCauley with Jerry Ingram Deshawn is a young African American male who is striving to overcome the harsh realities of growing up in a drug and gang infested neighborhood in St. Louis, Mo. As a child he quickly discovers that life is not always as it appears. He witnesses the pain of death at a very young age as his best friend’s mother commits suicide. Dealing with the death was not an easy thing for him. His teacher Ms. Rice notices a change in his demeanor immediately following the death and he is sent to the principal’s office. The principal suggests that he work in the school library where he has interesting conversations with the librarian. Deshawn’s father is in jail for an unknown crime and his mother constantly gets involved in abusive relationships with men. He often witnesses these beatings and is ashamed that he can’t protect his mother. Before his grandmother passed she always taught him to pray when his mother is getting beat. Therefore, he develops a relationship with God at an early age. Academically Deshawn always excelled in school and his teachers took notice. In junior high his mother enrolled him in the desegregation program. He was bussed from the inner-city to the suburbs to attend school. It was not an easy adjustment as he dealt with racism and feeling unequal to the mostly white population in the school. It was there that his teacher Ms. Rice signed him up for a school spelling bee that he went on to win. Unfortunately, by the time Deshawn reached high school he had began dealing drugs and was involved with a violent street gang.

About the Author

Jamael McCauley was born in St. Louis, Mo and now resides in the Washington, DC area. He is a graduate of Tennessee State University where he was a sports writer and eventually the Sports Editor of his college newspaper. He also worked in the sports department of The Tennessean newspaper and as a sports writer for The Urban Journal. Additionally, he served as an intern in the public relations department of the National Football League’s Tennessee Titans and the Arena Football League’s Nashville Kats organization. For the past eight years he has worked in the field of social services serving underprivileged youth and families. This will be his first publication. Jerry Ingram was born in Nashville, TN and now presently presides in Orlando, Florida. A graduate of Whites Creek Comprehensive High School and Tennessee State University, he was twice winner of the Society of Professional Journalists award while serving as editor-in-chief of his college newspaper. A founder of Nashville's first "views paper," The Third Eye. Jerry began working at the Tennessean at age 15 and worked for Florida Today for seven years. Additionally, he has worked with both the Boys and Girls Club of America and the "I Have A Future" program at Meharry Medical College. He co-author his first book with Rahssan Malik Robinson entitle: It's All A Game