Bridget Smith, Executive Director of Partners in Progress, and Mike Jones,author of Black Son Rising.A quick Internet search of, for example, Tyrone Powers shows that hewas a past member of the Baltimore City Police Department and the FBI. Hewas also a speaker at a conference held by the Department of JuvenileJustice in 2005 at the Anne Arundel Community College along withKenneth C. Montague Jr., Secretary,Department of Juvenile Services.Dr. Powers states as follows in his endorsement:These are difficult days that require concrete, specific, effectivesolutions. This book provides that and more. If we want to win,to change our condition, our situation and the life chances of this generation, of our children and of our children's childrenthen we must read, analyze, think, learn and apply the lessons,concepts and practical solutions that are a part of thisextraordinary volume written by four extraordinary insightfulmen and leaders.
In its preface the book describes itself as a "changing lifestyles living policy book." The book goes out of its way to describe itself as appealing toa political organization and not a gang. The book references the gangmentality as "the backdrop to the chaos that we face in our neighborhoods."1 Ms. Davenport's husband, Eric Brown, is one of the authors of this book