|Kellam: I want them to recognize and understand their worth|
Local author Wendy Kellam has published a new book, “Young Black Males: America’s Most Wanted,” which is available for download on Amazon Kindle. Above, Kellam is shown with her book.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Rocky Mount author Wendy Kellam's book, "Young Black Males: America's Most Wanted," is now available for download on Amazon Kindle.
"Every black teenager should read 'Young, Black Males: America's Most Wanted', so they can feel my passion, my true love, not just for my sons and my immediate family, but for my entire community and the entire black race," Kellam said. "I want all young, black males to recognize and understand their worth."
Throughout her book, Kellam emphasizes the importance of good parenting, calling it the "foundation and stepping stone to raising good, productive children."
As a single mom, raising three sons, Kellam said she knows the importance of being a good parent, putting her children first and providing a good home and good morals.
"Pull your pants up!" is one of many solutions Kellam offers in her book, which she says was written "straight from the heart."
"The stats speak loud and clear," Kellam states in her book, when she points out that 60 percent of black males either drop out of school or go to jail. She also stated that one in three black men will have a record in his lifetime.
Black males are six times more likely to go to jail than white males, she said, with black male achievement beginning to decline as early as the fourth grade.
"By the fourth grade, only 12 percent of black male students read at or above grade level," she said. "By eighth grade, the numbers fall to 9 percent, an epidemic that needs to cease."
Kellam said the book should be the handbook for parents, teachers, and mentors and for those who have an immediate impact on the lives of young, black males.
"This is a must-read for anyone who cares about the state of young, black males," she said.
Kellam is a native of Martinsville and is employed with Technique Solutions, an IT company. She is the director of Trudie Reads, a reading program designed to help kids learn to read. She is a mentor of the Pretty Girls Rock's Martinsville Chapter and is the founder of Hey Luv Project, a group of community partners telling stories to inform, empower and educate.
"Young, Black Males: America's Most Wanted" is available in Trade paperback everywhere and is currently available for download on Amazon Kindle.