Letters to Young Black Men — the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller by Daniel Whyte III — has been in print for well over a decade. And, it is still changing the hearts and lives of young black men across the nation.
One recent reviewer wrote on Amazon, “My boys love this book. It is a nice, quick, easy-to-read and understand book for young boys entering manhood. This book backed up a lot of things that we are already telling our sons. It hit home with them because the information is coming from someone other than their parents.”
Letters to Young Black Men was written from numerous historically black colleges, such as Tuskegee, Morehouse and North Carolina A&T from the very heart of a black Christian minister, who has himself faced all of the perils and problems young black men face today. The current edition of the book celebrating its 10th anniversary (which took place in 2015) includes a new introduction from the author, a new foreword by the author’s sons, Daniel Whyte IV and Danyel Ezekiel Whyte, as well as new resources.
In the new foreword, the author’s sons write, “Letters to Young Black Men is just as relevant today as it was when my father wrote it and when it was published ten years ago. This is only because the principles expounded in it are based on the Bible, God’s wisdom, and tried and true experiences. Even though this book is unashamedly based on the Bible, many young black men—some who have not stepped foot inside a church since childhood—have claimed it as a guide, a second father of sorts. The numerous accolades that this book has received from mothers, fathers, church leaders, aunts, uncles, and concerned citizens is a testament that the guide to life laid out in this book actually works.”
In his new introduction, Daniel Whyte III shares a secret about how God led him to write this perennial, national bestseller. He says, “The first thing you may not know is that I started writing this book when I was in my twenties. I know it sounds as if it was written by an older man to younger men or like a father writing to a son. However, it was written by a young black man who had experienced and was experiencing many of the things young black men have to deal with in this great country called America.You may ask, ‘How did you pull that off?’ Well, in truth, I didn’t pull anything off. It may sound a bit sanctimonious, but God deserves all of the credit for the writing and publication of this book. He gave me the wisdom, knowledge, and insight to give the book that older-man-to-younger-man vibe. All of the glory belongs to Him, and I really mean that.”
“Why are we sinking in the sea of murder, drugs and mayhem? How can things be turned around? I believe that the problem lies largely with the black man, and I also believe that the solution lies with the black man. I am convinced that the key to turning black America around is to turn black men around. For any group of people to rise, their men must rise. And after they have risen, they must stay standing no matter what, and take their God-given position as the leaders of their families, churches, communities or what have you. These letters aim to help with that rising and standing.” –From the original introduction by Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men.
He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts. He preached the Gospel for 100 days straight leading up to the 2012 election, and he preached the Gospel for 367 days straight throughout the controversial 2016 presidential election season.
He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree. He holds a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.