Writing a book can never be something that just happens. It takes time, dedication, and persistence to complete such a huge task. Being a full-time employee, business owner, father, uncle, mentor, friend, and so many other things to many, it would have not been possible to complete this task without the support of my family, friends, colleagues, and employees at the number of agencies, universities, and colleges I was afforded an opportunity to work with over the years. Each of you continued to inspire my writings and study of politics, social justice, community, education, African-American culture, and poverty issues. Finally, I give a special thanks to my two sons, Jimmy Dawson McCamey III and Jamey Lawson McCamey, who inspired me to write about black boys, black families, and the black community.
Dr. Jimmy D. McCamey Jr. has over twenty years of experience in higher education, clinical social work practice, mental health counseling, education consultation, assessment, and treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. McCamey has over two decades of leadership and management experience in residential treatment, psychiatric and community-based treatment facilities, and higher education. In addition to providing mental health counseling and supervision for master-level clinicians, Dr. McCamey has taught undergraduate and graduate social work, psychology, and mental health counseling for over fifteen years. Dr. McCamey is a former faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) and is currently a tenured associate professor of social work and mental health counseling at Fort Valley State University (FVSU). Dr. McCamey has published extensively in the area of mental health, poverty, social welfare, academic achievement, and African-American men and women, to name a few. Dr. McCamey is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), licensed professional counselor (LPC), and a diplomate in clinical social work (DCSW)-all by examination. He is also state certified (GA) as a DUI clinical evaluator, DUI treatment provider, and DUI and driver improvement school director/owner/instructor. He is certified for PRIME for Life (PRI-Version 9), PRIME Solutions (Version 1.0-ASAM Substance Abuse Treatment) and Driving Educators of Georgia (DEOG). Dr. McCamey is a long-standing member of the National Association of Social Work (NAWS).