Raising Fences by Michael Datcher
A Black Man's Love Story

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Immediate, dramatic, illuminating-through his own riveting story, Michael Datcher, a young black poet, argues passionately for a black man's right to security, family, and love.

In Raising Fences, Michael Datcher offers a view of young black men seldom seen in the media-men who long for loving, stable marriages, fatherhood, and homes in safe neighborhoods. In this emotionally raw and intimate narrative, Datcher reflects on his fatherless childhood in inner-city Los Angeles, his attraction to local gangs, his promiscuity, and, at times, his lack of faith. But he also writes of his deep desire-and the desires of other black men he knows-to escape a cycle that deprives children of what they need most and creates empty shells of grown men. Here is the story of one man's success in overcoming the obstacles thrown at him from birth. It is a powerful case for fathers, for family, for racial communication and understanding. And it is also a love story, a story of courage and faith. Its message is one we need to hear now more than ever before.

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Michael Datcher is the author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times Bestseller Raising Fences. Datcher's latest play Silence was commissioned by and opened at the Getty Museum. He has appeared on both news programs' Nightline and Dateline as an analyst and is a frequent commentator on BBC Radio. He is co-host of the weekly public affairs news magazine Beautiful Struggle on 90.7 FM KPFK. Datcher's writing has appeared in the Washington Post, LA Times, Baltimore Sun, The Source, Ladies Home Journal, Vibe among many other publications. His poetry is widely anthologized. He has curated and/or presented his work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hammer Museum and other art institutions. He is editor of the new national journal of literary nonfiction THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FACT. Datcher teaches poetry, literary nonfiction and journalism at Loyola.
Published March 5, 2001 by Riverhead Hardcover. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Then a woman he’s only casually involved with gets pregnant, and for a time it seems that Datcher has blown his own most fervent dream: He’s going to have a child out of wedlock, just as his own (unknown) father did, just as he promised himself he’d never do.

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