Straight Outta East Oakland


Oakland California urban literatureI have recently read “Straight Outta East Oakland“, by Rev Harry L. Williams, a hard hitting and profound story about a young man from the deep ghetto, who has a strong desire to go to college, but no resources to fuel his hope.

The young man, Firstborn Walker, is highly focused on going to college in the neighboring town.  Although it’s not far from his ‘hood, it may as well be miles away in what it represents to Firstborn’s life.

But Firstborn has hope.  He also has a plan to get the portion of tuition money necessary to start the next semester.  He and his homies know what to do and get busy doing it.  But will they survive their plan?

Straight Outta East Oakland, Soul Shaker Publishing

6 Comments Add yours

  1. bayoucreole says:

    I just ordered it on Amazon! I can’t wait to read it!

    1. Anna Renee says:

      You’re gonna love it! 🙂

  2. Reggie says:

    Sounds like an interesting read.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      It was!

  3. BluJewel says:

    I’m going to get a copy. It will be a great read and a learning tool for the students I mentor. Thanks for sharing

    1. Anna Renee says:

      The book is powerful!! And Rev Harry told me that a number of young people have had their mindsets turned around by the book. One young girl went as far as coming to the church looking for Rev Harry. This has had a profound effect on him as well. He knows his calling is writing these powerful books!
      Rev Harry is extremely busy connecting and motivating grassroots organizations that mentor youth. He’s a mentor as well – to the youth and to the young people who lead these youth.

Spend Your Two Cents With Me!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s