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“The Rains opens a rare and important vista on our nation's history. Rarely have I read something that enriched, inspired and informed me with such sheer power and grace!  And anyone looking to understand the roots of black education will be enormously rewarded by this read!
John S. Wilson, Executive Director, Office of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

“Sulayman Clark has found his calling as a wonderful storyteller, using the medium of the historical novel.”
Charles V. Willie, Harvard University

“The Rains” is a poignant and electrifying story about the resiliency of Black people engulfed in human bondage and the victorious courage of free men and women who were willing to sacrifice it all to end slavery. This historical fiction has striking contemporary relevance and will be valued reading for our Black and American history courses in the Philadelphia School District.”
Arlene Ackerman, Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia

“Sulayman Clark, with his creative writing style and ability to tell a story, keeps the reader engaged and breathes fresh insight into an important era of American history and the courageous fight for freedom by Black Americans.”
Rev. Calvin H. Sydnor, III, Editor, The Christian Recorder

“The Rains is a captivating story of the courageous generation whose bravery and love for justice have been marginalized in the American freedom narrative. It is a must read for high school and post secondary educators and the students with whom they share intellectual community.”
Dr. Ayesha Imani, Chief Executive Officer, Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School

“The Rains: Voices for American Liberty is superb. This book is must reading for anyone interested in learning about the trials and tribulations of the (recently) enslaved people of African descent in the U.S. in the mid-to-late-nineteenth century.”
Kofi Lomotey, Chancellor, Southern University

“The Rains is a bold, riveting and erudite work that is essential reading for every student and educator in Philadelphia as well as the nation.”
Paul G. Vallas, Superintendent School District of New Orleans

“The Rains is significant to the growing body of research pertaining to the Underground Railroad. It is a fascinating story about the contributions of dedicated and committed African Americans in Philadelphia and their contributions to the freedom network.”
Charles L. Blockson, Historian

“The Rains is a must read for educators engaged in preparing our students to be informed and inspired leaders in the 21st century. It will be of tremendous benefit to those interested in the African American scholastic tradition and those similarly interested in the origins of our nation’s historically black colleges and universities.”
Michelle R. Howard- Vital, President, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

“This book is long overdue and is both informative and inspirational reading with regards to a very important chapter in American history.  It is a must read because it makes past history relevant to the present.”
 Ajile A. Rahman, Fulbright Scholar, Westlake High School, Gifted Education Department

“This is an important and timely book that should be required reading in our schools. It offers a penetrating perspective on the historical contributions of ‘free Africans in America’ and a multiracial and inter-faith coalition of activists who dared to direct the course of history.”
Sandra Dungee Glenn, Former Chairperson, Philadelphia School Reform Commission


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