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We Beat the Street : How a Friendship Pact Led to Success,9780525474074

We Beat the Street : How a Friendship Pact Led to Success

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9780525474074

ISBN10:
0525474072
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Hardcover
Pub. Date:
4/21/2005
Publisher(s):
Dutton Juvenile
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Summary

Sampson, George, and Rameck could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison. They came from the tough neighborhoods of Newark, New Jersey, where survival, not schoolwork, was the priority. When the three boys met in high school, they recognized in each other the desire and ability to "beat the street." They made a friendship pact, deciding together to take on the biggest challenges of their lives: going to college, then medical school. Along the way they made mistakes, faced disappointments, and nearly failed, but by working hard, finding positive role models, resisting negative influences, and supporting each other at every turn, they achieved their goals-and more. Today Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt-who call themselves the Three Doctors-work in the same community where they grew up, helping the people in their neighborhoods. Sampson and Rameck are doctors, and George is a dentist.

Author Biography

George Jenkins, Sampson Davis, and Rameck Hunt grew up together in Newark and graduated from Seton Hall University. Davis and Hunt received their medical degrees from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Jenkins received his dentistry degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry. The three doctors are the recipients of the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award. All three continue to live in Newark.
George Jenkins, Sampson Davis, and Rameck Hunt grew up together in Newark and graduated from Seton Hall University. Davis and Hunt received their medical degrees from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Jenkins received his dentistry degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry. The three doctors are the recipients of the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award. All three continue to live in Newark.
George Jenkins, Sampson Davis, and Rameck Hunt grew up together in Newark and graduated from Seton Hall University. Davis and Hunt received their medical degrees from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Jenkins received his dentistry degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry. The three doctors are the recipients of the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award. All three continue to live in Newark.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
"You Don't Have to Cut My Foot off, Do You?" Hanging Tough: A Conversation with Doctor Sampson Davisp. 3
"Oh, Man, You're in Trouble Again!" School Problems: A Conversation with Doctor Rameck Huntp. 13
"Isn't that School in the Ghetto?" Influential Teachers: A Conversation with Doctor George Jenkinsp. 21
"We're Gonna Jack Us some Icees from Jack's!" Temptation and Its Consequences: A Conversation with Doctor Sampson Davisp. 28
"How Much do You Need?" Dreams and Missed Opportunities: A Conversation with Doctor Rameck Huntp. 36
"Are You Godzilla or King Kong?" The Beginnings of a Dream: A Conversation with Doctor George Jenkinsp. 44
"Yeah, Man. They Say the Driver's Dead." Living and Dying on the Streets: A Conversation with Doctor Sampson Davisp. 50
"I don't Even Know Anybody Who Went to College." Entering Seventh Grade: A Conversation with Doctor George Jenkins Making Good Grades: A Conversation with Doctor Sampson Davisp. 60
"You Kids are Gonna Get Yourself Killed." The Call of the Streets: A Conversation with Doctor Rameck Huntp. 66
"What's up with That? You Think You Better than Us?" So Easy to Fall into the Drug Scene: A Conversation with Doctor Sampson Davisp. 73
"A Sticky Web of Bright Pink Silly String Across the Astonished Teacher's Face" Foolishness and Understanding: A Conversation with Doctor Rameck Huntp. 82
"I Think We Could All do this-the Three of Us-Together!" The Beginning of the Pact: A Conversation with Doctor George Jenkinsp. 90
"If He Dies, You Get Charged with Attempted Murder." Thanksgiving in Jail: A Conversation with Doctor Rameck Huntp. 100
"How do You Plead?" The Judge Asked, "Guilty, Your Honor." Never Again: A Conversation with Doctor Sampson Davisp. 109
"Not only Had Their Sons Survived, But They were Heading to College." Strengthening the Pact: A Conversation with Doctor George Jenkinsp. 121
"It Feels Good, Man. It's Like Doing Push-Ups with My Brain!" The Possibility of Success: A Conversation with Doctor Sampson Davisp. 128
"The Boy's Neck Bent in an Odd Way, and Hi Body Fell Limp." The End of Violence and the Start of Giving Back: A Conversation with Doctor Rameck Huntp. 137
"Yo, Yo, Yo! Check It Out! Check It Out!" Rap Stars? A Conversation with Doctor George Jenkinsp. 146
"For the First Time Since High School, the Three of Us won't be Together." Hanging in there: A Conversation with Doctor George Jenkinsp. 153
"Driving while Black" The Possibility of Losing the Dream: A Conversation with Doctor Rameck Huntp. 161
"Sometimes You Gotta Fail in Order to Succeed." Going Back to Where It All Began: A Conversation with Doctor Sampson Davisp. 167
"To Friends"p. 177
Conclusionp. 180
Shout-Outs!p. 185
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