Dean Meyers is an acclaimed and controversial writer whose work focuses on literature for young African-Americans. His book, Organic Community, is a focus on community development and building. In this book, Dean argues that the community building must be looked at from a value-based point of view. The author argues that community development must be able to help people understand the important things of life. Dean, who has been an enthusiast for developing the young African-Americans’ minds through his literature, looks at the importance of helping the young people to be true to themselves. Organic Community is a book with a new paradigm of the approach through which the development of the community must be done. This book also tries to draw the fine line between community development and community building. Community building must take advantage of the organic nature of the community by recognizing that a community is not made of immortal beings but continuously evolves as the older dies and the younger takes over.
This book introduces an orthodox approach on how community development should be handled in all settings. While the material presented in the book may be orthodox as well as controversial, it does provide an angle of view that is rarely achieved by many authors. This book is a closer look into the problems facing community development in a community where many social economic problems exist. It is a closer look at the problems facing the young African-American people, who, for being faced with many problems turn to many other ways of facing their frustrations such as substance abuse, violence, and apathy to their problems.
Organic Community by Dean Meyers is a very good introduction to understanding the problems facing the African-American people; and, therefore, this book is a good start for anyone wishing to engage in community development and community building.