In Buck Seventy-Two, Larry Perkins has penned an astonishingly honest memoir which is highly relevant for the times in which we live. He enthralls the reader with a realistic and colorful depiction of the life of a sharecropper in the South in the middle of the twentieth century. His stories are captivating, and often heartbreaking, it evokes childhood memories that conjure both joyful moments and frightening recollections. Abandoned by their mother, Perkins assumed the role of surrogate parent for his siblings.
It shares lessons learned from being deprived, the search for belonging, the remembrance of those who had a poignant and significant impact and heart-warming memories of school, playtime, reaching goals and achieving success.
James P. Cain, Esq.
U.S. Ambassador Denmark (Ret.)
Perkins, an Internationally Renowned Crowd Management expert and author of “Buck Seventy-Two, A Destiny of Will,” 2015, “Crowd Safety and Survival – Practical Event and Public Gathering Safety Tips,” 2004; “Crowd Management; in the eye of the storm”, 1997; Eight Point Crowd and Event Planning Model, 2007 and has written numerous articles for the IAVM Facility Manager Magazine, Stadia Magazine, Teen People Magazine and others. More recently, Larry appeared on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” and a NBC TV Dateline segment on crowd safety and survival entitled, “Get Out Alive.”
He is a Certified Facilities Executive (CFE), a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and a Crowd Management Professional (CMP). As a Private Investigator, he held a Department of Defense Top Secret Clearance.
When it comes to Foster Care, the statistics are staggering.
· *50% of girls in foster care get pregnant within years of aging out
· *74% of former foster kids are in the US prison
· *50% of fosters are incarcerated two years after aging out
· *80% of youths on death row are fosters
· *30% of the homeless in America were once in foster care
· *40% of foster children are white; 34% are black; 18% are Hispanic
*Statistics provided by the US Administration for Children and Families, the US Department of Justice, the Casey Foundation and the National Foster Care Coalition, as reported by ABC News Facts on Foster Care in America May 30, 2006
It is my hope that as you discovery me, you'll laugh and cry along the way as I did. I hope that your heart will be fonder as you reminisce and discovery yourself in the process
The mixture of tears and sweat blurred my vision, and I could hardly move. I turned to exit, envisioning what would have been the door out of our kitchen. Focusing, frozen in my tracks, I stood motionless, my heart not believing my eyes. My body collapsed and I fell to my knees, sinking into the hot, rich dirt as the rain of tears continued to fall. As if from heaven, there it was, lying before me on a mound of fresh dirt, seemingly placed there just moments before. I reached down, my fingers shaking as the tips penetrated the soil, scooping it up.
Enfield, North Carolina isn’t a large spot on the map, but for a young Larry Perkins, it was his whole world. Born to a sharecropper father and a mother who dreamed of bigger things, Larry’s childhood was tumultuous. In early child hood, his mother abandoned him and left to New York City to chase her dreams. Larry spent the first 9 years of his life bouncing from family member to family member before landing in his father and stepmother’s home. His father soon enslaved him, forcing him to work h
When I began the journey of writing this book, it was really for me and not to be shared. It wasn't until I was nearly finished that I decided to share it with the world, after discovering the healing power that it had for me and learning the unbelievable facts of so many foster, kinship and adopted children that I wanted to do my part to help. So we started nonprofit, FosterAVoice, which the proceeds will benefit.