Renewing the Culture of America's Inner Cities

I came from a broken family, spent the first ten years of my life in foster care, and lived in the poorest and roughest area of a working-class town in Pennsylvania. It might be hard to believe, but by the age of ten, I was already a gang member, a petty thief, and an academic failure.  A neighborhood friend of mine went to prison for the stabbing death of one of our high school basketball stars.  It could have been me – in prison or in the morgue. It was not luck that allowed me to rise above these circumstances, to serve to my country in the United States Marine Corps, or to become the first in my family to graduate from college, Summa Cum Laude.  I went on to Harvard Law School, practiced law for fifteen years, managed a radio station for ten, authored two books, pastored several churches, and won the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of Virginia. My life trajectory was altered overnight when my father reclaimed custody of his son....(Read Full Article)