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Solomon’s Plan by Ron Walker

After many years of thinking about writing a book to share a story about the power of hope, resilience and family, I finally did it. With the generous and consistent support of the American Reading Company, the book, is a reality.

It is written in honor of my father, Solomon Walker. Solomon Walker, born in 1915 in Gaffney, South Carolina, never went to school, lost both parents at a young age and with determination made his way to Philadelphia at the age of 19 to begin a new life. The book is for students from middle school up and also a great read for adults. It is a very teachable, well researched and culturally vibrant read.

I think it will send a message of hope to young people who at times may feel hopeless and in despair. It is encouraging because it reminds us that anything is possible. Solomon Walker proved that. The book also illuminates the importance and power of education.

As a colleague, friend and advocate, I hope that you will share this announcement about Solomon’s Plan with your networks. I would love to see all students and in particular those who feel marginalized, vulnerable and under served to read it. Detail on how to get copies of the book are detailed on the website. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Onward and upward!

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Note about the book

Solomon Walker’s formal education started and ended the day he walked miles to the nearest school and was turned away at the door. As an adult, Solomon made sure that his children would have the education that he was denied. Solomon’s son, Ron, went on to become a teacher, principal, and award-winning educator – and is the founder and Executive Director of COSEBOC. In his new book, Solomon’s Plan: Gift of Education from a Father to His Son, Ron Walker reflects on the ways that education shaped his father’s life and his own.

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