to Success” is a message to urban youth and the adults who want
to help them become extraordinary. Young people are unfairly
judged because of their appearance and cultural misperceptions.
They need to be made aware of the repercussions of sagging.
Sagging pants even might be an indication of a sagging mindset or
low self-esteem. A
fictionalized character in book illustrations, Derrick goes from
sagging to success as he learns about Black history, reads books
read and written by successful people and changes the way he
thinks. He shares his
new knowledge with his parents who also embrace a positive
outlook, productive behaviors and principles of success.
At the end of the book, Derrick and his parents have
successfully transmitted principles of success to the next
book is beautifully illustrated and the paintings were created
first as a library gallery exhibit.
book educates readers our history and successes, illuminates
concepts of success and inspires them to act on what they learn.
Readers are motivated to examine their thinking patterns,
to recapture the dreams that they laid aside or never attempted
and to accomplish them. They
gain the wisdom and tools to become successful and are equipped to
share those ideas, concepts and actions with others.
Written by Florence M. Howard, “From Sagging to Success: The Story of Emery Franklin” (www.saggingtosuccessbook.com) is a mixture of biography, history and storytelling based on the paintings from his Crossroads series. The book contains 15, 8”x10” full-color prints of paintings by the artist. Readers, young and old, will be inspired to examine their attitudes and to follow the steps used by Emery in becoming successful.
Prints for many of these paintings can be found on Emery’s website at http://emery-franklin.artistwebsites.com.
Highlights in the book include Emery's original portrait of President Barack Obama plus bonus section on black inventors. Visit www.saggingtosuccessbook.com for a look at sample paintings from the book.