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Navigating Life's Obstacles

Jeffery A. Clements

Navigating Life's Obstacles is the life story of author Dr. Jeffery A. Clements told in vignettes beginning with the strong, well-intentioned attempts of his parents to shield him and his brother from the knowing of the harsh upbringing they had suffered during the Jim Crow era.

Jeffery's parents never spoke about the harsh realities of racism that they had experienced and what they endured to get to where they were in life, perhaps out of shame or simply because they were too busy trying to make ends meet. This led to Jeffery's slight naiveté regarding racial issues on the West Coast during his upbringing. However, two major life-changing events catapulted Jeffery out of his sheltered existence-a black history class shock and a surprise improbable church speech-propelling him to become a more assertive person with deep insight. This instilled within him an unrelenting self-confidence, from which he achieved many pursuits later in life.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Palmetto Publishing
  • Publish Date: May 2nd, 2023
  • Pages: 180
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.38in - 0.55lb
  • EAN: 9798822906907
  • Categories: African American & BlackScience & TechnologyMemoirs

About the Author

Clements, Jeffery A.: - Dr. Jeffery A. Clements is a retired aerospace scientist/engineer. He was the first African American to graduate with a BS and later an MS in mechanical engineering from California State University, Long Beach, and was awarded his PhD in applied mechanics from UCLA. Dr. Clements resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Eugenia, a retired physician. They have two children: daughter, Malaika, the assistant Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles, and son, Austin, the Managing Partner of his venture capital firm. Dr. Clements is one of the authors of a book club novel I Remember When and science fiction novel Aphelion.