Convicted in the Womb by Carl Upchurch

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Once Carl Upchurch was an elementary school dropout fighting for survival on the streets of South Philadelphia, a gang member wedded to a life of violence, a bank robber facing a future in federal penitentiaries.  Now he is a respected community organizer and one of the most compelling and visionary leaders of the civil rights movement.  Catapulted into the national spotlight following his organization of a summit that brought together the country's most notorious gangs.  Carl Upchurch has found himself in direct conflict with other African American civil right leaders.  This is his scathing critique of t he established civil rights movement and his bold manifesto for solving the critical problems facing today's urban American.  And this is his own unforgettable story-reality of urban crime gang warfare, and racial injustice from one who knows firsthand what it's like to be Convicted in the Womb


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About Carl Upchurch

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Published August 1, 1996 by Bantam. 236 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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There, in a narrow cell, he discovered the works of William Shakespeare--an earlier occupant had used a copy of the sonnets to prop up a crooked table- -and other writers, and he educated himself in a program of self-improvement that, while not likely to earn Upchurch a spot on William Bennett's ...

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Upchurch concludes his book with proposals for ""antiniggerization,"" challenging African Americans to take personal responsibility, proposing that they use boycotts to shape society and urging black leaders (he's suspicious of Jesse Jackson, hopeful about Kweisi Mfume) to challenge both their fo...

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