The Pact
Film Reviewed by Kam Williams

Three Black Boys from Newark Overcome Odds to Become Doctors


The Pact
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Actors: Dr. Sampson Davis, Dr. George Jenkins, Dr. Rameck Hunt

Directors: Andrea Kalin
Number of discs: 1
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2008
Run Time: 85 minutes

DVD Review by Kam Williams
Excellent (4 stars)

Rameck Hunt, Sampson Davis and George Jenkins grew up in a Newark ghetto where only about 3% of the kids went on to college. And their own prospects probably weren’t any better, given that they were each raised by a single mom in a broken home in a neighborhood blighted by gang violence, drugs, poverty, unemployment and crime.

Yet, this enterprising trio of best friends had the wherewithal to sense that a ticket out of their bleak surroundings might only be an education away. So, before the streets could gobble up their future, they made a mutual pact, promising to support each other in their shared dream of becoming doctors.

Against the odds, all three succeeded in that quest, Sampson and Rameck, as MDs, and George, as a dentist, and this uplifting bio-pic highlights the considerable hurdles they had to overcome on the road to success. For both of Rameck’s parents were crackheads, and he recounts how he’d pray to God everyday asking that just one of them be able to kick the habit.

Sampson, we learn, did a stint in juvenile prison for armed robbery, and had a sister who was HIV+. And George talks about how the absence of a male role model meant he never learned how to do many things most boys take for granted, such as how to shave or tie a tie.

But ultimately, all three came through with flying colors and, despite their busy medical practices, remain very committed to creating academic opportunities for kids still stuck in the slums. In this regard, the film frequently focuses on the fortunes of Malique, their 12 year-old prot’g’ who also serves as narrator.

Overall, an inspiring affirmation of the power of friendship, courage, determination, hard work and faith to sustain even those seemingly trapped in the most dire of circumstances.


Books by Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins

The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream

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Hardcover: 248 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (May 23, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 157322216X

Jenkins, Davis, and Hunt grew up in impoverished, broken families in Newark, New Jersey. Both Davis and Hunt served time in juvenile jails. But when Jenkins-who had a dream of becoming a dentist-learned about a program for minority students interested in careers in medicine, he convinced his two friends to apply and they vowed to get each other through. Despite the tremendous distractions and difficulties they faced, today two are doctors and one is a dentist.

The Bond: Three Young Men Learn to Forgive and Reconnect with Their Fathers

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Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (October 4, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594489572

"Doctors Davis, Hunt and Jenkins know how vital it is for all children to have relationships with both their father and their mother. Every parent should read THE BOND because it highlights the power of forgiveness and drives home the fact that it’s never too late to be a family." ’Bill Cosby


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