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Against All Odds Book Review

In Against All Odds – Becoming More Than Your Experiences, author De’Vord J. Allen goes to battle against the ill-effects of 400 years of slavery, post-slavery, and the ongoing oppression of African American men, women and children. He comes against the Cradle to Prison pipeline that targets Black men from the womb to the tomb and the systemic racism that negatively affects people of color in this nation. In his narrative, Allen is a Black man who represents countless other young Black men, who grow up in poverty and want more out of life, but lack positive role models, as well as a roadmap to get what they want out of life and where they want to go without placing themselves at risk of incarceration and/or premature death. Allen addresses those issues by first providing his personal testimony as a child, who was placed in foster care and the juvenile justice system as a youth and was incarcerated three times and served lengthy prison sentences in State and Federal penitentiaries as a man