Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri

Cynthia McDermott
Chair, MAE

Coretta Scott King Book Award winning author G. Neri is the recipient of the 2012 Horace Man Upstanders Award. A middle grade novel tells the tale of a father and son who come together after years of separation. The father is an inner-city cowboy, trying to maintain a community of like minded African American men to connect gang kids with a meaningful activity; raising, grooming, riding and racing horses. Based on true events in urban Philadelphia and Brooklyn. Cole (Coltrane) comes to appreciate his father and what he and others are trying to accomplish. Cole and his father are indeed upstanders.
History of the Coretta Scott King Book Award, American Library Association.
“Street Riders.” Johnny Dwyer, LIFE magazine
“Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty.” Book trailer
Radio interview with G. Neri. The Story, American Public Media via Lew & Low Books
“Urban horse riding and urban cowboys in Dublin74.” Hubpages

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