Inner City Miracle
Posted May 11 2008
In spite of his best efforts to end up dead or in jail, Mathis eventually makes it through college and law school, becoming the youngest judge in Michigan history, surprising more than a few detractors. Beyond his legal work, Mathis also discusses his role in the careers of such powerhouses as former Mayor Coleman Young and activist Jesse Jackson. I had no idea of his political clout and found his take on the inner workings of these machines to be quite interesting.
I enjoyed this book as an adult reader, but as someone who also works with teens, I think this book is quite an inspirational tale for youth, particularly young males who just can’t seem to get their lives straight. Honestly, for a good part of his life Mathis was one of those young, hot-headed people I can’t stand, who only cares about their own wants, with little regard for anyone else, even those they claim to love. Yet in the end, he turns himself around and becomes an asset to society. From a teacher’s perspective, these stories remind not only young people, but also adults that even the biggest knuckle heads among us can turn things around, IF they want it and they get the support. My social preaching aside, Mathis and company have written an interesting tale and I look forward to the next one.