Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence

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Beacon Press, Oct 13, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 172 pages
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A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children’s Zone
 
Long before the avalanche of praise for his work—from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from President Barack Obama—long before he became known for his talk show appearances, Members Project spots, and documentaries like Waiting for “Superman”, Geoffrey Canada was a small boy growing up scared on the mean streets of the South Bronx. His childhood world was one where “sidewalk boys” learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, and knife. Then the streets changed, and the stakes got even higher. In his candid and riveting memoir, Canada relives a childhood in which violence stalked every street corner.

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Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence Steven Lee '15 In Fist Stick Knife Gun, Geoffrey Canada talks about his story of violence on Union Street, in the Bronx, and his life as part of ... Read full review

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We could use another book like this.. and explore current issues and consider where the HCZ may or may not have fallen short.. To stick to the theme of the title... What comes after Gun for this generation's youth? Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Geoffrey Canada is the president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, a nonprofit, community-based organization deemed “one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time” by the New York Times Magazine. Jonathan Kozol called him, “One of the few authentic heroes of New York and one of the best friends children have, or ever will have, in our nation,” and Oprah Winfrey simply refers to him as “an angel from God.” Canada is featured in Davis Guggenheim’s documentary Waiting for Superman.