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Both Sides of the Coin

Seldom is the maxim “There are two sides to every coin” disproved. It certainly wasn’t in the individual cases profiled here. In this publication you will be introduced to four young men their triumphs and fears, and the Southern communities they live in. Their stories illustrate a familiar side of the coin: pervasive structural barriers and the consequences of poor personal choices. But these men are also dynamic leaders who support their families and communities in inspiring ways.

Learn from the stories of Albert Sykes, Tony Nguyen, Miguel Alcantar and Cliff Barnum. Their stories teach and challenge notions and ideas about immigration in this country, access to health care, educational opportunity, racial profiling, unemployment, community violence and predatory lending. Their stories are about math clubs, about dancing, about family and about fixing trucks. Their stories take place in East Nashville, downtown Jackson, the East Bank of New Orleans and Little Rock.

Their stories “go beyond textbooks” and “into the bypaths and untrodden depths.” And hopefully, we will be courageous enough to do the same.

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