Actually written from numerous historically black colleges, such as Tuskegee, Morehouse and North Carolina A&T, from the very heart of a black Christian minister, who has himself faced all of the perils and problems young black men face today, comes forth this book, written just for the young black man in your life, whether you are a mother, father, grandmother or Sunday School teacher. Letters To Young Black Men is overflowing with "advice and encouragement for a difficult journey."
About the Author
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of twelve books. He is the President of Torch Ministries International, which publishes a magazine called The Torch Leader. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master's degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-three years. God has blessed their union with seven children.
Read an Excerpt
LETTERS TO YOUNG BLACK MEN INTRODUCTION It appears that many people are concerned about the worsening conditions in the black community of America. And let’s just be honest: we are in a bad way, generally speaking. I say, "generally speaking," because there are some blacks who are not doing badly at all. But the black community, in general, is not doing that well. You don’t believe that? Just read the newspaper: we’re killing one another, robbing our parents and grandparents, raping our women, selling death to the dying, going to jail wholesale, murdering our babies, not taking care of our responsibilities and wiping out our future.Why are we sinking in the sea of murder, drugs and mayhem? How can things be turned around? I believe that the problem lies largely with the black man, and I also believe that the solution lies with the black man. I am convinced that the key to turning black America around is to turn black men around. For any group of people to rise, their men must rise. And after they have risen, they must stay standing no matter what, and take their God-given position as the leaders of their families, churches, communities or what have you. These letters aim to help with that rising and standing.These letters have been written in the midst of a very hectic schedule of traveling, editing an international publication, and working on several other publishing projects. These letters have also been written in the midst of being a black man, and a black husband and father, with all of the great and awful experiences that go with such an existence.I said that to say this: As I write these letters, I am not in some ivory tower somewhere philosophizing about life as a young black man. Rather, I am right in the middle of life as a young black man. In short, these letters come from a sincere heart of a black man to the hearts of young black men.Dear Y.B.M. (Please note that Y.B.M. will stand for "Young Black Man" throughout the book): I believe that this is a book that can absolutely revolutionize your life if you will let it. See this book as a sign-post on the road of life, pointing you in the right direction. Read it, read it again, and then pass it on to another young black man struggling to find his way in this sometimes confusing and hostile world.Daniel Whyte III Tuskegee University CampusTuskegee, Alabama
Table of Contents
PART I - ON YOUR LIFE - SPIRITUAL
1. The Main Thing
2. Get to Know Your Creator
3. How to Obtain The Blessings of God
4. Your Road Map to Real and Lasting Success
5. Tap Into Unlimited Power
6. The Encouragement Place
7. Pulling Others Out of The Fire
PART II - ON YOUR LIFE - EDUCATIONAL
8. The Awesome Value of Reading
9. The Importance of Increasing Knowledge
10. The Obstacles To Getting A Good Education
11. Graduating From College And Still Ignorant and Unlearned
12. The Marks Of A Truly Educated Man
13. With All Thy Getting, Get Wisdom And Understanding
14. Please Learn "Yourself" A Little Etiquette
PART III - ON YOUR LIFE - AS A YOUNG BLACK MAN
15. You Are Not Inferior
16. Take The Road Less Traveled
17. Take Full Responsibility
18. Talk And Listen To Every Older Man Past Fifty That You Possibly Can
19. Learn About Where You Come From
20. The Value Of Working Hard And Smart
21. Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Twelve
22. How To Be Really Cool
23. Women Folk!
24. Think For Yourself!
What People are Saying About This
"Without a doubt, this book will help young black men as they travel on life's journey. It is understandable and makes easy reading as it is written in simple everyday language. The book provides significant information, advice and encouragement to young black men that will help them to improve in all areas of their lives...This book is great reading and should be read by all young black men. I am confident that any reader will glean gems from this book."
Tallahassee Sheriff Department & Baptist Minister, Tallahassee FL.
"Daniel Whyte’s book is an eloquent, heart-felt plea for a more constructive and spiritual approach to one of America’s most painful problems: the tragic waste of so many lives of our male black youth."
Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host