In the story The Pact by Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt demonstrate how three young friends can stay together when the times get hard and fulfill their lifelong dream of being doctor’s. If they can accomplish their dreams and making it a reality so, can you by hard work and determination it will come true. This book shows how if you keep your mind set, you can go far and achieve greatness. This will help explain how they “beat the odds”.
Dr. George Jenkins was lucky enough to have his turning point at a young age, eleven years old, during an appointment with a dentist. He tells that “I don’t remember the dentist’s name, but I never forgot what he did for me. He gave me a dream. And there was no greater gift for a smart kid growing up in a place where dreams were snatched away all the time” (Page6). This experience gave Jenkins the power to surround himself with positivity and he remarks, “I believe that kids who grew up in a less stable environment were more susceptible to pressure from friends to do the negative things that everyone else seemed to be doing”;
Dr. Rameck Hunt was not as lucky as Dr. Jenkins. At age sixteen Hunt states that “in my friends, I saw myself: boys trying to become men with few good examples” (Page78). He knew that his friends participated in activities that were unacceptable; he states that his mother described them as “headed toward jail or death” (Page78). Although Hunt was aware of right and wrong he continued to follow and be active with his friends stating that “I was loyal. That was the code of the streets. These are your boys. You stick by them, and if necessary, you fight for them” (Davis, Jenkins, Hunt) (Page78).
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. There have been many people who have accomplished things in their life when there seemed to be no hope. In We Beat the Street, Drs. Davis, Hunt and Jenkins did everything they could to stay out of trouble, and stay in school. The three young boys wanted to make something of them-selves. They had made a pact to make it out of the hood, and go to college to become doctors. Sampson had to learn to tell his friends no, but also at the same time try to fit in. He liked to play sports and he would hang out with his friends but wouldn’t touch the drugs unlike his friends. Determined not to become victims of their environment, the trio stood firm in their mission. They would stick together go to college, graduate, and become doctors, And together became one of the most remarkable success stories of inspiration.