The Children Are Dying Author:Ned O’Gorman "Donald's Father came each day or so to make love to the mother and beat her up. He was an addict, a pusher, a vicious, brutal man. Donald's mother got into drugs and brought her lesbian mother home with her, often with an extra girl. In Donald's apartment I saw roaches nestled in a stick of butter...the stairs to their flat were crowded with ... more »addicts shoving in needles. The streets were filled with transvestites, whores, pimps, & pushers."
This is two-year-old Donald, already on a one-way trip to destruction.
This is Harlem, where Ned O'Gorman, poet, teacher, and director of the Children's Storefront, has waged an eleven-year-long war to save Donald and so many others like him from the parents, the schools, the streets, the laws, and the social lethargy that join forces to make childhood the end of life rather than the beginning.
This is just one of the children, the scenes, the shocks in a book that man people both black and white will deny and decry- a book that says what must be said and done if hope for a kid like Donald is to be more than a rare human miracle of love, labor, and luck.« less