inspiring true story of a group of young men whose lives were changed by a
April 4, 1968, the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., shocked the nation. Later
that month, the Reverend John Brooks, a professor of theology at the College of
the Holy Cross who shared Dr. King’s dream of an integrated society, drove up
and down the East Coast searching for African American high school students to
recruit to the school, young men he felt had the potential to succeed if given
an opportunity. Among the twenty students he had a hand in recruiting that year
were Clarence Thomas, the future Supreme Court justice; Edward P. Jones, who
would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for literature; and Theodore Wells, who
would become one of the nation’s most successful defense attorneys. Many of the
others went on to become stars in their fields as well.
Fraternity, Diane Brady follows five
of the men through their college years. Not only did the future president of
Holy Cross convince the young men to attend the school, but he also obtained full
scholarships to support them and then mentored, defended, coached, and
befriended them through an often challenging four years of college, pushing
them to reach for goals that would sustain them as adults.
these young men have become the leaders they are today without Father Brooks’
involvement? Fraternity is a
triumphant testament to the power of education and mentorship and a compelling
argument for the difference one person can make in the lives of others.
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