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5.0 out of 5 stars sylvester jacobs a great author, 12 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Born Black (Hodder Christian paperbacks) (Paperback)
sylvester jacobs is a very close friend of mine, infact he is a teacher at my school in luton, england. having read the book i found it immensly sorrowfull after understanding that as the book proceeds he looses his innocence as a child. as he grows and becomes more aware of the social politics he begind to realise how the black community in alabama and segregated and constantly treated as inferiors by their white counter-parts. after reading this book it helped me look at how the slave trade ruined africa and how by the black people being branded as the tribe of slaves did not gain equality and satisfactory rights for many years after slavery was abolished. therefore in conclusion i would like to thank mr. jacobs for being a wonderful teacher to me and for advising me to read his book. Also i would like to also reccomend that you should read this book, whether you are black or white, to help you understand life better, by gaining the knowledge to understand how one generation changed the fate of the world and to over come many of the moral dillemmas that life throws at you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out from the bad old days, 14 Mar. 2007
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This review is from: Born Black (Hodder Christian paperbacks) (Paperback)
The one problem with this book is finding a copy. I do not know why such a good story has not been reprinted. This book is the Christian pilgrimage of a young black man from the then segregated Oklahoma, through the US army, Christian college and a Christian mission in none of which did he find he was really accepted as a person because of his colour. Acceptance finally came in the chalet of a southern American lady resident in Switzerland, working with L'Abri Fellowship. Syl went on the produce Portrait of a Shelter and other photographic books. He is a talented communicator. Read and learn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming the Scars of Racial Discrimination, 23 Aug. 2003
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This is one of the most moving books I have ever read. I grew up under segregation like Sylvester Jacobs -- except I was on the other side of the black/white divide. It helped me to appreciate what it was like to grow up being treated as inferior. His journey to self-appreciation through the discovery of God's love was hard and rocky. Hypocritical Christians and Christians with too-easy and glib answers were part of the roadblocks he encountered on his way. Laugh and cry with him and enjoy meeting some special people in his family and friends. And be moved, like me, as his quest for an answer is fulfilled.
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