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Review of Jewel of the South

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[Following is an official review of "Jewel of the South" by Sharon K. Bennett.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Many came to this world to sacrifice their lives for the betterment of others. While some of these are globally renowned, some are local champions whose work is helping the efforts of global champions reach the grassroots. Rev. Dr. L. E. Bennett could be regarded as the local champion of Texas in his time. He fought hard for the equality of Negros in his little town of San Antonio, Texas. His main priority at Southwestern Bell Telecommunications Company is to ensure that the Negros have equal opportunities as the Whites. Sharon K. Bennett wrote this book, Jewel of the South to empower, inspire, and motivate readers to be the difference the world needs.

Sharon began the book by providing a brief history of her father from her grandparents, Dan and Anice. She explored the joy, the survival, and the struggles of her grandparents and how her dad, L.E. (as he was fondly called), beat everyone and was the first to graduate from high school with honours. She wrote beautifully about the career progress of L. E. from high school to being in the Army, and earning the respect of his superiors and colleagues before he left. He then got a job at Southwestern Bell as a janitor, regardless of his qualifications. His experience at this job inspired him to fight for equal opportunities with their white coworkers, who do not have the same qualifications as the Negros but are paid less and assigned less-deserving jobs.

I like the style Sharon employs in writing this book. She did not waste time describing the unnecessary. She is brief and straight to the point without sacrificing the essence of her message. The story-like approach she employed ensures that all the necessary characters were adequately developed. She called out my emotions as I flowed along. She employed simple English, which made it suitable for all ages to read and understand. I also liked that the author included her poems and that of her dad at the end of each chapter. The pictures that were included too made the story relatable. They made my journey through memory lane and familiarised me with the faces behind the names.

Whenever I read the memoirs of great men like this, I always look out for their love lives, and L.E.'s love life did not disappoint me. The love and respect he has for his wife are strong and worth emulating. The way he and Essie meet and grow their love is scintillating. As busy and influential as he was, he did listen to the counsel of his wife, a sign of how his mother trained him and his other siblings. There was a day when his struggles got to him, and he went out to drink alone. His brother met him and made him understand that all these spare times he has for himself should be spent with his wife and children. He accepted this correction and changed. I admired how teachable he is, a sign of his humility. I also admired his willingness to say sorry not just to his wife but also to his children.

JFK and MLK speeches fueled him; he got fired up and challenged the status quo, fighting for a better life for his people, people of colour. I found this attitude inspiring. And I realised there is more to life than just being comfortable; affecting the lives of people around you is a key to living a happier life. Also, people may not appreciate your efforts to assist them now; however, keep going as long as your cause is just.

I found nothing to dislike about this book. I had the privilege of reading this great man's biography, and I must admit that I took many things from him to emulate. I found just two errors, which made the book professionally edited. It is well-formatted, and I liked its presentation. Therefore, I will rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

I recommend this book to those who love to read the biographies of great people, activists, and lovers of good books. They will find it fascinating to learn about how a single man was able to achieve equality for his people with the help of others who were ready to assist him.

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Post by Charles Jeremiah »

Saying some people sacrifice themselves for the betterment can be regarded as am overstatement. This book is nice and the review does a wonderful job of representing it.
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This book sounds interesting and I enjoyed how you reviewed this book I would like to read it nice review.
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I enjoy watching leaders speak out for the black community. I haven't read this book, but I will soon, when the time is right.
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Post by Dirk Jacobs »

This is a good review that has me thinking back to how much inequality there was back then and how things have changed for the better. This makes me appreciate the time that I live in, but still I would like to know the extent of the struggles the minority faced back then, which has me wanting to read this book after reading the review.
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Post by Adeolaoskydeelight »

I am a big fan of biographies and non-fiction, I believe there is a great lesson to learn from such books. Reading about the hurdles and wins of great people encourages a lot. Thanks for this wonderful review
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Post by Stevenmusk »

I find this books plot alluring and creative. I look forward to reading it and the imagination and emotions that this book would unlock in me from its unique perspective.
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Post by Blessing Chi Peculiar »

I agree with you, many came to this work to sacrifice their lives for others to live. I love how Bennett was developed in this book. I will read the theme book. Good job.
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Post by Proof Readar »

I also love to read the memoir of influential personalities. What is you pointed out as always the same with people of Impacts around world is true, such how they do do give attention and love for their wives. Nice review.
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Post by Oluoma Chukwu »

In everybody's life there are a lesson or two we could learn from it. I'm glad to read about the works of Rev. Dr. L. E. Bennett in Texas. This review also did an excellent of describing his sacrifice and making me interested in this book. I didn't like the use of local champion anyway. lol.
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Post by Mayang Bature »

This author emphasizes the significance of self-sacrifice and equal opportunity. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be given opportunities; some must work for them. The plot sounds intriguing, and your review was excellent.
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This is one of those books that trigger your sense of belonging, and make you think about how you too can change peoples lives given the opportunity.great men and women of past centuries still live in modern society by their great deeds they offered humanity.
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Post by Flourish Sunday »

I concur many have sacrifice their life for others to live but the most painful part of the whole thing is that people don't seem to appreciate such people rather they make a mockery of them. Good job.
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