Men We Cherish Author:Brooke Stephens "Men we Cherish is about us and the many textures of our love for our men - fathers, husbands, sons, friends, and lovers, our brothers and The Brother. — "This is a book men and women should read together and talk about to each other." - from the foreward by Marcia Gillespie — It's an often quoted stastic that one in three black men is behind bars... more », on probation, or awaiting trial. But when writer Brooke Stephens began working on a tribute to her grandfather for a family reunion, the contrast between the black man she was writing about and the black men presented on the evening news suddenly seemed eneormous. She began looking for a different view, a focus on the other two of three blackmen who are ignored by the stastics. What she discovered is thsat many African American women know the same truth: good black men are not a fantasy, an unfulfilled hope, or an unanwsered Prayer.
In "Men We Cherish," African American women celebrate everyday heroes: fathers and grandfathers, brothers and best friends, sons and husbands. Thirity essays, memoirs and love letters offer moving portraits of the black men who never make the headlines, who quietly go about the business of building families and communities, who make the daily struggle for respectability and decency look easy. Editor Brooke Stephens has united a diverse body of voices, including Bebe Moore Campbell, Sadie and Bessie Delany, Marita Golden and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, in a groundbreaking anthology that stands alone as a rare reflection on the honesty, generosity and depth that is the reality of African American men. "Men We Cherish" is an affirmation of Fath that is long overdue.« less