George Jenkins, Sampson Davis, and Rameck Hunt were three
African American kids living in the inner city of Newark, all from broken
homes, all living amid poverty, crime, and drug abuse. Two served time in
juvenile detention centers. They met in high school and together they made a
pact: they would support each other for as long as it would take for them to
become doctors. Through an affirmative action program, they enrolled at Seton
Hall University’s pre-med program, from which they graduated in 1995. In May
1999, they graduated with degrees in medicine and dentistry.
The Pact is an
extraordinary testament to the power of male friendship. Friendships among
young men often revolved around taking risks—often unnecessary or even
dangerous risks. This remarkable story teaches the power of friendship and
proves the wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King’s proposition that amazing things
happen when we “stand on the solid rock of brotherhood.” The three supported each
other through high school, college, and medical school. Their success, which
was due to unwavering, mutual support, shows that young men can help each other
avoid trouble and fulfill their dreams by using their strong friendship as a
powerful antidote to the temptations and pitfalls of inner-city life.
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