Rameck Hunt, Sampson Davis and George Jenkins all share a common bond: They grew up in Newark's inner city with absent fathers, raised by their mothers and grandmothers. Although the odds were stacked against them, the three friends pledged in their senior year of high school that they would all go to college, then on to medical school.
They did, and they wrote about it in their 2002 best seller, The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream. A children's version, We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success, followed in 2005.
They call themselves "The Three Doctors." Their third book, The Bond: Three Young Men Learn to Forgive and Reconnect With Their Fathers, arrives in stores tomorrow.
Today, Hunt is an internist at the University Medical Center in Princeton, N.J., Davis is an emergency-room doctor at Newark's St. Michael's Medical Center and two other hospitals, and Jenkins is a dentist in Harlem and a professor at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
They set out not only to describe their childhoods but also to include their fathers' stories and the sons' attempts to get past their lingering resentments. "Sometimes a son has to take it upon himself to bridge the gap when a father can't," is how Hunt puts it.
Hunt also says, "We didn't write a how-to book. We're not telling anyone how to be a good father. But we wanted to help inspire and provoke people to think about their fathers or their sons and daughters."
Below are some reviews of the book:
"Doctors Davis, Hunt and Jenkins know how vital it is for all children to have relationships with both their father and their mother. Every parent should read THE BOND because it highlights the power of forgiveness and drives home the fact that it's never too late to be a family."- Bill Cosby
"The Three Doctors pull no punches when they tell us what it's like to grow up in Newark, N.J, without a father in their lives: I grew up in that neighborhood, too. But they're not complaining. Instead, they did something about it-they reconnected with their fathers. THE BOND is the powerful story of how they did it, and it shows that it's never too late to be a father to your children. This is a book that every father and every family should read and take to heart. It's honest and brave and true."-Queen Latifah, musician, actress, and author of Ladies First
The Three Doctors have established a foundation, The Three Doctors Foundation. The mission is to inspire and create opportunities for inner city communities through education, mentoring and health awareness.
Read the USA Today article here.
Sources: USAToday, Amazon