When Jerrod’s parents found out that he sneaked over to his friend’s house in The Blackberry Patch, they restricted him to see Chad anymore. Soon, Jerrod treated Chad indifferently and Chad was wondering why until finally, Jerrod told him of what his mother told him, “Nothing good has ever come out of the Blackberry Patch…” This annoyed Chad and at the same time realized that there was really something wrong with Blackberry Patch – houses are all the same, no flowers in the yard, and there were a lot of litters in the street. But he still believed there is something more beyond these frustrating situation and he wanted to find out. But was there really magic in the Blackberry Patch? There Is Magic In The Blackberry Patch tells all.
Packed with insights and lessons, There Is Magic In The Blackberry Patch is a riveting read that will inspire children to get involved in their communities.
S. YOLANDA ROBINSON was raised on the east side of Columbus, Ohio. She is an East High School graduate. Yolanda received her master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Yolanda has a passion for working with children and families. Each week she hosts a live internet program produced by Talktainmentradio called “All in Our Family.” She said, “It’s for the sole purpose of strengthening families.” Yolanda has worked as an administrator and tutor for an afterschool tutoring program, as a reading instructional coach, and as a job-readiness program instructor. In her own family she annually publishes a family newsletter, hosts family events, such as family reunions, and often has family prayer in her home. She is a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Columbus. In her career, Yolanda has received many honors. She is a recipient of an Ohio State University (OSU) Affirmative Action award, OSU Women Coming Together Advocate of the Year award, and Avery International award. She was nominated for the Carter G. Woodsen Award by the United States Department of Defense for her work with children and families. The department which she managed for CMACAO (Columbus Metropolitan Area Community Action Organization) Head Start was the recipient of the John Glenn Best Practice award for its work with low income families.
Yolanda has chaired numerous committees. She was one of the ground level organizers of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). She was the president of Cardinal Chapter of Nine to Five. She was interviewed on the “Today Show” for her participation. As president, Yolanda served on the African American Triumphs Consortium. Yolanda was a national conference chair for the National Council for Black Studies. She was also Secretary of the Ohio Black Studies Consortium.
Although still very active, Yolanda has retired from her job as the acting program manager for the OSU Black Studies Extension Center. Her membership involvement includes the Coalition of 100 Black Women in Columbus. As the mother of Chad Heath Robinson, Yolanda is the grandmother of Akeisheunte and Yazmina.
Yolanda said “This book is written to inspire children to get involved in their communities. Proceeds from the book will go help the children who live in Poindexter Village receive a scholarship and or support to start their own business. If the book does this, it will accomplish its goal.”
Yolanda, your book like you is very inspirational!! As an adult I am encouraged to look for ways to positively impact my community. I recommend this to anyone who doubts the power and real meaning of community! Thanks for sharing this incredible book of insights and lessons!
First I purchased the book to support. But now.......I am very happy I had the opportunity to read this book. This book will take you on a journey; an experience!
This book is simply amazing! A magical and captivating storyline. An unusual narrative and accurate documentary of the founding of The Poindexter Village in Columbus, Ohio and the heretofore untold story and unique resident profiles of individuals who made this neighborhood home.
Here, young Chad learns something about the facts of life, misjudgments, and unjust “labeling”. I was hooked, totally impressed. This book is easy to read, and as I followed Chad and his adventures it took me back to a place and time that I had almost forgotten ever existed. A world, a time, an existence when a neighborhood was truly our family, our protector, teacher, and love.
The final chapter documents and contains the real-life profiles of the earliest Poindexter Village residents; many who are now our current day leaders and most notable national and internationally recognized individuals. Former residents, neighbors and childhood friends who have completed their adolescence in the neighborhood, and now living very successful and accomplished lives; share a commonality of a Poindexter Village heritage that very well may be a very real and useful gauge of the impact of such an upbringing in their lives today. At one point and time, many who have lived through the historical content known as the Poindexter Village neighborhood can affirms the substantive truth that “It Takes a Village to Raise Child” and that There Is Magic In The Blackberry Patch. This book is a testimony to the value and importance of community; that sustaining safe, loving and communal neighborhoods often contains a distant but authentic promise of a future victory for our youth and families. We are reminded, as was Chad, that “Sometimes we are sitting and living in the midst of greatest and we don’t even know it “.
This book was wonderfully written by a very talented author, community and education activist, and now historian, Yolanda Robinson. Her illustrators have produced a “Keepsake” documentary to attract and interest both young and old readers alike. There is no way that I can say enough good about this book. A must read. What a tribute to the history and residents of Poindexter Village!. – W. E. White, Owner “A Good Book Biz-Online Bookstore – Columbus, Ohio
W. E. White