The ghetto solution

by Gilbert, Roland, 1947-

Format: Print Book 1993
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Homewood African American E185.97.G52 A3 1993x
Location  CLP - Homewood
Collection  African American
Call Number  E185.97.G52 A3 1993x
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Here are two titles that recognize the difficulties black males face and offer remedies--or, at least, some hope. The Ghetto Solution tells the story of Roland Gilbert and his founding of Simba, an influential, bootstrap organization of successful black men who attempt to provide role models and help for black boys. Gilbert, who grew up in poverty and whose father was seldom present, seemed off to a respectable start in life but then began robbing banks; after prison he graduated from the University of California at Irvine but then was seduced by crack. Remarkably, he pulled through, in large part because of his new-found faith in God. He went from organized religion to a kind of New Age spiritual growth, to the point where he can say, "I don't care if it was the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, if he said something that I thought I could use to empower me, I'd buy it," and "each of us has the power to choose our own behavior in spite of other people and circumstance." Arthur Hamilton takes similarly upbeat stances in Fathers behind Bars, though his story is grimmer by far than Gilbert's. He, too, grew up in crushing poverty and without his father's presence, and he, too, nearly broke from the ghetto's lessons of defeat and self-contempt. Then the need for money drove him to robbery, and he began an intermittent prison career. He escaped from custody and found the best job he had yet held, but, ironically, killed a man while on that job and was sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter. In prison he began taking courses, writing, and editing his prison's newspaper; meanwhile, his wife fell on hard times and destroyed herself with drugs, and his children nearly became wards of the state. With his own resources and the help of a supportive new wife, Hamilton founded Fathers Behind Bars, a self-help organization for incarcerated fathers not unlike Gilbert's Simba--except that Hamilton remains in prison. Still, his is a hopeful book, and perhaps will propel him into the "real world" he so deeply desires to enter. ~--John Mort"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Reared in a Los Angeles ghetto, Gilbert served a three-and-a-half-year prison term for robbery, after which he got a ``second chance'' at UC-Irvine. He graduated and, having been selected for President Carter's Presidential Management program, was on the way to a career when he became addicted to crack. Through a mix of religion and New Age self-help concepts, Gilbert reformed himself and then turned his attention to helping other ghetto kids. What they need, he argues, is to be reprogramed to value people more than money, to believe in their own power to change. He created a seminar program called Simba, the Swahili word for lion. While Gilbert's eclectic mixture of spirituality, self-help and Afrocentrism has apparently worked to help young men to negotiate the passage into adulthood and others to resolve conflicts, his account is too sketchy to be truly convincing. Tyehimba-Taylor is editor of Forward Magazine . Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Gilbert, Roland, -- 1947-
Simba, Inc.
African Americans -- Biography.
African Americans -- Biography -- Life skills guides.
African Americans -- Social conditions -- 1975-
African Americans -- Psychology.
Publisher Waco, Tex. :WRS Pub.,1993
Contributors Tyehimba-Taylor, Cheo, 1964-
Language English
Description xviii, 187 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 1567960219 :
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