Solving the Riddle

Solving the Riddle

by Dr. Kevin H. Abdur-Rahman


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Dr. Abdur-Rahman's life journey took on an unusual evolutionary process from delinquency to adult court, long-term incarceration, rehabilitation, and a progressive and productive life. From Pop Warner quarterback to one of the most recognized drug dealers in Philadelphia and one of the most influential people on the campus of one of America's most historic universities.

To solve the riddle of life's journey, there are questions that must be answered, mysteries that must be solved, and meaning applied to both.

In this book, Dr. Abdur-Rahman has presented a case study of an at-risk youth and ex-felon that demonstrated the example that, if given healthy information, one can avoid and even transcend the environmental influences and dysfunction that create negative outcomes. In addition, he has given working professionals in the field of delinquency prevention ideas that can help them develop their own successful methodologies and has proven a vital need for "Clean Slate" legislation to create a second-chance forum, so other successfully transitioned ex-felons do not have to hide their past and employers can feel comfortable hiring ex-felons. You will hear him tell stories about situations and individual relationships, each giving hints to the riddle that he had to solve for himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644621165
Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 740,836
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Dr. Kevin Abdur-Rahman is a Philadelphia native who grew up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. He attended Roosevelt Junior High and is a 1970 graduate of Germantown High School.
During his early development, Dr. Rahman excelled in sports especially basketball. However somehow, as a teen, he was attracted to the life that was the streets of Philadelphia. After sacrificing many of his young years to this lifestyle as well as spending ten of those years in prison, Dr. Rahman embraced the religion of Islam, which helped him transform his thoughts and ideas much in the same way of Malcom X and many others.
When Dr. Rahman reached adulthood, he concluded that his experiences should not be repeated, and he dedicated himself to helping young people who may ultimately face those same “fork in the road” decisions that set him in the wrong direction. He began this endeavor in the mid-1980s by becoming a community organizer for an agency called Crisis Intervention Network. Crisis Intervention was founded to address the problems of gang violence in the city of Philadelphia. He entered college at the age of thirty-five and subsequently received a master of human services degree from Lincoln University and a doctor of education degree from Temple University.
In 1988, Dr. Rahman founded a delinquency prevention program called Total Response Inc. Total Response was a nonprofit organization committed to the development and coordination of youth motivational programs using athletics as a methodology. Interventions such as mentoring, counseling, academic advising, and substance abuse awareness were incorporated into a summer basketball program with six hundred youth participants and thirty-five adult staff. That program still exists today under the name of Positive Image. It was during this time that Dr. Rahman served as a volunteer assistant with the Simon Gratz men’s basketball team. In fact, he did part of his doctoral dissertation with the Gratz High School men’s basketball team.
For twenty-three years, Dr. Rahman served the City College of New York (CCNY) as the associate director for Athletics and Operations and supervisor of Recreation and Intramural Athletics, ending his career as the athletic director. In 1994, he founded the Wingate Fitness Center, which was the first state-of-the-art fitness facility on the campus of the City College of New York.

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