Carl Upchurch Convicted in the Womb

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Convicted in the Womb

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Once Carl Upchurch was an elementary school dropout fighting for survival on the streets of South Philadelphia, a gang member wedded to a life of violence, a bank robber facing a future in federal penitentiaries.  Now he is a respected community organizer and one of the most compelling and visionary leaders of the civil rights movement.  Catapulted into the national spotlight following his organization of a summit that brought together the country's most notorious gangs.  Carl Upchurch has found himself in direct conflict with other African American civil right leaders.  This is his scathing critique of t he established civil rights movement and his bold manifesto for solving the critical problems facing today's urban American.  And this is his own unforgettable story-reality of urban crime gang warfare, and racial injustice from one who knows firsthand what it's like to be Convicted in the Womb
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"Being black is a genetic inheritance. Being a nigger is a state of mind."

Born into a roach-infested tenement in South Philadelphia, on the streets by age four, a gang member by age nine, and in reform school by age twelve, Carl Upchurch's life epitomized the tragedy of inner-city America. Incarcerated for the sixth time, he was confined to solitary with only a table and chair for company. Propping up one leg of the table was a book which, out of sheer boredom, he picked up and read: Shakespeare's Sonnets. So began what Carl Upchurch calls his deniggerization.

Over the next several years, Upchurch educated himself, reading the classics, philosophy, religion, and finally African-American literature and politics. As his mind was opened, he relentlessly scrutinized his past, concluding that as long as children are born into the self-imposed slavery he defines as niggerization--without hope, believing they are inferior, lacking self-respect--the cycle of poverty, drugs, and violence will never be broken.

Convicted In The Womb is the story of how Upchurch overcame his abject youth to become a radical civil rights activist, culminating in his organizing the first Gang Summit for Urban Peace and Justice in Kansas City. It is also an urgent call for change. Outspoken in his criticism of Jesse Jackson, the N.A.A.C.P., and other icons of the established civil rights movement, Upchurch argues that it's time for a new generation of leaders, drawn from the masses, not the elite. He also outlines a grass-roots New Black Power Paradigm to overcome America's political, economic, and athletic apartheid.

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"This is not another sad personal litany of crime, drugs, violence and misery in the 'hood.' This is an inspiring personal litany of human renewal and accomplishment. Upchurch gives us hope that we can change society."
-- Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson author of The Assassination of the Black Male Image

" Convicted in the Womb by Carl Upchurch was a painful book for me to read, but I know what he says is fact for too many America's children. It should be read by every individual who has ever doubted the value and importance of early childhood education, cares about children and the future of our society."
-- Dr. Joycelyn Elders, Arkansas Children's Hospital

"A provocative memoir of life as an enemy of society--Upchurch has become a thinker and social critic well worth paying attention to."
--Kirkus Reviews

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