“Wow! Bang! POW! A graphic, honest, no-holds-barred account that needs to be read by all who want to understand what it was like to be a young Black man confronting and ultimately overcoming the challenges of Rondo and the evil perversity of white supremacy and racism. This is a book that grabs you by the collar, pulls you in close, and dares you to put it down. I couldn’t, and neither will you.”
Marvin Roger Anderson, cofounder Rondo Avenue, Inc.
“Melvin Carter’s autobiography not only describes his personal journey to manhood but places that journey inside of a larger movement that captures the local, national, and, to a degree, the world racial climate at the time. His honest and entertaining account reads as a bildungsroman, chronicling personal, family, city, and community evolution.”
Lou Bellamy, founder and artistic director emeritus, Penumbra Theatre Company
“As a witty and passionate storyteller, Melvin has planted transformative seeds in the lives of thousands. I’m overjoyed and hopeful when I think about all of the young Black men who will read Melvin’s heart- and soul-touching literary celebration . . . as embraceable history, and a vision of their possibilities!”
Robin P. Hickman, CEO and executive producer of SoulTouch Productions