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BOOK CORNER: Former Compton mayor shares his life’s journey

After overcoming the tough streets of Compton, Walter Tucker III fulfilled his goals of becoming valedictorian of Compton High School, graduating from USC, graduating Georgetown Law School, passing the California State Bar, and ultimately filling his father’s vacant seat as mayor of Compton by the age of 33.

As he rose in the political arena in the 1990s, Tucker became the youngest African American from California to be elected to a U.S. congressional seat. However, a federal indictment brought his rise to a screeching halt that ultimately tested the condition of his human spirit.

That’s the basis for Walter Tucker III’s moving autobiography, “From Compton to Congress: His Grace For My Race.” His book chronicles his story of an incredible rise, a devastating fall and a promising redemption.

“I realized that not only must I write the book to pass on life lessons to my children and grandchildren, but to the nation and the next generation of leaders,” Tucker said.

Walter Tucker III

The author’s favorite and most important lesson shared is that God’s grace is greater than your mistakes.

“God caused those bad things to be used for a greater good thing and that is something I believe can be used for a source of hope for a lot of people,” Tucker added.

The book will no doubt inspire readers as it communicates that “God will take even their missteps and mistakes and turn them into good.”

In addition to being an author, Tucker is the full-time pastor of Truth and Love Christian Church based in the city of Carson. On Aug. 14, Tucker will participate in a book signing at Antioch Church of Long Beach.

“From Compton to Congress” is available for $21.99 on Amazon, Kindle and in store at Word of Life Book Store and the Crenshaw Christian Bookstore.