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Book Review: Project Fatherhood - A Story of Courage and Healing in One of America’s Toughest Communities

By Bob Lindemeier

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Project Fatherhood
A Story of Courage and Healing in One of America’s Toughest Communities

By Jorja Leap
Beacon Press (2015)


Living in a small, conservative, mid-western town most of my adult life, the story of Project Fatherhood grabbed my attention. It is a story about a group of fathers in Watts, a small community in the eastern corner of South Los Angeles, who want to improve not only their lives, but lives of the community. To me, Watts was that place where the riots had taken place in the 1960s. The author of this book takes readers on a journey that teaches them about the Jordan Downs neighborhood of Watts, gives readers insight into the lives of broken men, and documents their transformations as well as the transformation of the community.

This is a book about fathers coming together in one of the poorest, high crime, high unemployment areas in L.A. They have a sincere desire to provide for their families, which contrasts sharply with the “deadbeat

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