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Doing What's Right: How to Fight for What…

Doing What's Right: How to Fight for What You Believe--And Make a… (2000)

by Tavis Smiley

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This collection of essays from popular syndicated radio and BET talk-show host Tavis Smiley hinges on his philosophy of self-improvement through community involvement. Smiley tackles racism with a quick wit, relying on the rich historical legacy of African American achievement to make his points while avoiding social-science stereotypes. At its core, Doing What's Right is a call to action. After briefly outlining some of the societal problems he sees, Smiley lists specific ways to begin solving them on both a local and national level. Railing against cynicism, he emphasizes the power of the individual to make a difference, challenging readers to fight for causes they believe in. Interjecting his own biography throughout the book, Smiley recounts his origins as a community advocate at the age of 13 and the tragedy that led him to devote himself to his community. Now, with an audience of millions, Smiley's message is being heard on a grand scale. Using hooks such as seven "land mines of Democracy," five reasons "why people shy away from advocates," and a slew of "Tavis Tips," he succeeds in bridging practical advice and an inspirational message. Equal parts Norman Vincent Peale and Dear Abby, Smiley is proof that the seeds of human self-esteem always outgrow the weeds of self-doubt. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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