In the lessons I have learned from reading a picture is worth…, the collection of stories from students at Reading’s I-LEAD Charter School from Arch Street Press, the one that speaks to me most these days is the forgiveness that Davell Lawrence extends to himself.
In his story, Lawrence’s issues in adolescence don’t just include the usual struggles with peer pressure and identity. He has the added challenge of cultural assimilation, as he moved to the United States from Jamaica. It was not an easy path to navigate. “It was a little difficult to make friends because I was different,” said Lawrence.