Mama's Boy, Preacher's Sonby Kevin Jennings
Pub. Date: 06/15/2007
Publisher: Beacon Press
Long before Kevin Jennings began advocating to end anti-LGBT bias in schools, he was a victim of it. In Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son, Jennings traces the roots of his activism to his elementary school days in the conservative South, where "faggot" became more familiar to him than his own name. Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son is that rare memoir that is both a riveting personal story and an inside account of a critical chapter in our recent history. Creating safe schools for all youth is now a central part of the progressive agenda in American education—and Kevin Jennings is at the forefront of that fight. Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son earned an A- in Entertainment Weekly, was featured in Salon and The Advocate, and was called "a great read" by People.
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An incredible, thoughtful, funny and heartbreaking memoir about love, hate, class, sexual orientation, religion, education, and identity. Beautiful and deserving of reading and recommending.
This books is so heartfelt and so timely. My heart went out to both Kevin Jennings and every one of his remarkable students. If those students are typical of their generation, I look forward to turning our country over into their hands. I am buying a copy of this book for every one of my 7th grader's teachers. Some will love it, some will hate it, but I truly believe they all need to read it.