While writing my memoir, Manhood From the Hood, I experienced emotions most memoir writers experience. How will my story benefit others? Will others relate? There were a multitude of internal directed questions I had to face as a new writer.
One inspirational comment came from a youth I’m mentoring:
“Mr. Roddy, I enjoyed reading your book. I learn so much more about you and how you were raised. I was able to relate to all of your stories. I liked your honesty when you shared meeting your biological father for the first time. So many of us young men still struggle with this aspect of our lives. Why don’t you try to see if schools would consider using your book?”
Manhood From the Hood has received praise from ROMEO Preparatory Academy for Boys in Paris, Texas under the leadership of David DeWayne Barker, to inspire youth to the value of literacy, reading relevant stories that reflect their lives.
Couldn’t hundreds or thousands more youth be inspired to value literacy while reading relevant life stories?