For the Strength of Harlem is a Biography Memoir about Mr. Plĕas Tusant Pearson (pronounced Plĕz), Community Activist and Serial Entrepreneur. This is a new memoir, you will learn about another hidden figure, an unsung hero in history.
For those who are asking, “Who is that man in the middle of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X in the historic photograph taken by Howard Bingham in 1963?”
The book starts with a look into his early years growing up in Birmingham, Alabama; Plĕas grew up when racial tensions were high.
- Plĕas wore many “hats” he founded a movement back in Harlem during the ’50s and ’60s.
- Two United States Presidents’ sons reached out to him for his support.
- He owned a private limousine service that chauffeured celebrities to and from the Apollo.
- He was a renowned chef and much more.
Make no mistake, he was an “unsung hero” not because he was seen in a photograph with these two great men but because of his enduring actions to stand up for Black people during the most challenging times in America. I hope you will be inspired by his life story.
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