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A co-founder of the Crips extolls the benefits of not joining a gang
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Stanley Tookie Williams was a death-row prisoner who became an anti-gang activist, dedicating his life to ending gang warfare. His books for children - and other peacemaker work - earned him five Nobel Peace Prize nominations and four Nobel Prize nominations for Literature. On December 13, 2005, he was executed in the death chamber at San Quentin State Prison, but his books continue to inspire hope around the world.From School Library Journal:
Gr 1-4-Gang leader Stanley "Tookie" Williams, founder of L.A.'s notorious Crips, has co-authored a series on gang-prevention from death row. This entry presents simplistic advice on why it is more important to feel good about oneself than to worry about having a "rep" as a tough guy. The text is set in large type that is replete with bold type words that are defined in the glossary. Each double-page chapter offers a full-color photo opposite a paragraph or two about self-esteem. Some photos are obviously posed; others illustrate the violence of gangs. Tookie's advice is straightforward, repetitive, and based on his experiences: "So keep trying to be a good person. I did it. You can do it too. I know you can." While the advice may seem condescending to sophisticated readers, these books are being used successfully in gang-prevention programs-even with preschoolers. Perhaps worth trying in communities with gang problems, this title's success will depend upon how kids react to the message-and the "rep" of the messenger.-Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
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