Fred Karnas“To read Pat Morgan’s The Concrete Killing Fields is to travel with those our nation has left behind. In bravely revealing her own journey alongside our nation’s homeless men, women and children, Pat helps us understand both how we can help them and how we can learn from them. Her own assessment of that journey provides a job description for all those who sincerely want to make a difference in the lives of our country’s homeless population. “I’d wept when nobody could see me and laughed when everybody could. I’ d mourned more than I ever expected to mourn and I’d danced every chance I got. I’ d like to think I hadn’t “cast away” stones, but the truth is that I’d cast a lot of stones and gathered up a few more to cast at the barriers to accessing ‘the system. Thanks, Pat, for the gift of this book and for your incredible honesty.”                   

—Fred  Karnas Social Investment Officer, Kresge Foundation, Troy, Michigan; former Executive Director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, Interim Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs Programs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

 

Dr. Douglass M. Bailey“Readers, be warned! Pat’s “must tell” testament  is  compel-  ling and contagious, relentless and raw, inspired  and  inspiring. Through her persistent voice and action for the silent and silenced ones of our city streets, and her courageous journey from the “comfortable pew” to the concrete killing fields of Memphis to the nation’s capital to work on national policies and programs to help homeless people… her story will not leave you undisturbed or unchanged. And, it shouldn’t! Read and digest The Concrete Killing Fields. You will not remain the same.”

The Reverend Dr. Douglass M. Bailey, President and Founder, Center for Urban Ministry, Inc., Winston-Salem, North Carolina; former rector of Calvary Episcopal Church (Memphis) and Assistant Professor of Urban Ministry at Wake Forest University School of Divinity

 

Marcus Pohlmann“Pat Morgan is a national treasure. No one understands the problem of homelessness in America better than Pat, and she brings that knowledge to life in the rich descriptions of The Concrete Killing Fields. It is hard to read her book and not reflect deeply on just how easily the people she describes could be our- selves or someone we love. We are all extremely fortunate that Pat has dedicated herself not only to chronicling the plight of the homeless but to doing something about it. Her life is an inspiration to us all.”           

—Marcus   Pohlmann,   PhD, Professor of Political Science, Rhodes College, Memphis; American Mock Trial Coaches Hall of Fame; author of Black Politics in Conservative America; Landmark Congressional Laws on Civil Rights

 

The Concrete Killing Fields“Wonderful book. I opened it when I got home from work… and didn’t put it down until I had finished it at bedtime…made me think about my own life a bit! Pat’s writing really shines in the telling of stories of those she met along the way, where her humor, warmth, and humanity shine through.”

—Gloria Cabe, Senior Advisor for Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of  State, Washington, DC; former chief of staff to then-Governor Bill Clinton, and Director of the Washington Operations Office of the ’92 Clinton for President and Clinton-Gore campaigns

 

E. Fuller Torrey, MD“Pat Morgan is a model for all who have expressed concerns about the homeless population. She provided care for them and tried to understand the roots of their problems in substance abuse and mental illness. The Concrete Killing Fields is an account of what she learned. The book is very nicely written and I recommend it to all who have similar concerns.”

—E. Fuller Torrey, MD, Founder, Treatment Advocacy Center and author of Nowhere to Go: The Tragic Odyssey of the Homeless Mentally Ill, Criminalizing the Seriously Mentally Ill: The Abuse of Jails as Mental Hospitals, The Insanity Offense: How America’s Failure to Treat the Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens

 

Dr. Jan Young“A searing glimpse into a lifetime of stories, some yet waiting to be told. A compelling, heartfelt account told with the same pas- sion that Pat Morgan demonstrated while serving individuals previously invisible to many. The stories will remain with you long after reading the last lines of the final chapter.”

—Dr. Jan Young, Executive Director, Assisi Foundation of Memphis and Major General, U.S. Air National Guard (retired)

 

Sheila Galbraith Bronfman“In The Concrete Killing Fields, Pat takes us back to New Hampshire to remind us of why the Arkansas Travelers pulled out all the stops to help elect Bill Clinton President of the United States—and why it mattered to homeless people.”

—Sheila Galbraith Bronfman, Coordinator of Clinton’s Arkansas Travelers, Political Consultant, and President, Southern Strategy Group, Little Rock, Arkansas

 

Nancy Lawhead“This book is a real page turner. By interweaving her own struggles and journey with the plight of homeless people, whom she loves so dearly, Pat enables us to experience their humanity and examine our own.”                    

—Nancy   Hale   Lawhead, Founder and former Executive Director, Midtown Mental Health Center, Memphis, Health/Mental Health Advisor to two Shelby County Mayors

 

Paula F Casey“Pat Morgan tells a story like no one else and it’s a story we all need to know. Her activism, experience, compassion, and intelligence are abundantly clear in making sure the reader under- stands the people who are homeless. Her tenacity in dealing with this persistent problem and in getting this book published so others can understand is noteworthy. This is an important book.”

—Paula F. Casey, Editorial Coordinator of The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage, contributing author to Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage, National Federation of Press Women, and former state president of Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus

 

Allen McReynolds“Pat Morgan has presented a brilliant commentary on our times in urban America. Her description of the pervasiveness of mental illness, leading to a chain of despair, homelessness and lack of proper diagnosis and medical treatment, cannot fail to touch your soul. And, her painstakingly-accurate detailing of the Clinton/Gore ‘92  Campaign  headquarters  located  on  D.C.’s  F Street brought those exciting months back to me like it was yesterday. As she often noted during the long days and nights spent toiling for a ‘sea change’ in American political policy, President Clinton’s philosophies attracted individuals possessing a most amazing array of talents and the most over-educated, dedicated, focused, ‘right thinking’, and kind-spirited people imaginable. It was an honor and a privilege to be allowed into this elite group of Friends of Bill’s, where Pat was our star.”

—Allen McReynolds, President and Managing Member, Mitigation Strategies LLC, Houston, TX and former Special Assistant to the Secretary for Lands, U. S. Department of the Interior

 

Brian Thompson“Pat’s book is a potent reminder of why so many of us were inspired to pour our hearts and souls into the ’92 Clinton for President campaign. It was our compassion for our neighbors, a belief in human good, and a vision for a caring society. Her stories about her experiences in the raw, gritty front lines of homelessness remind us of how much we owe the thousands of men and women who devote their time, their talents, their money— and their lives—to helping those who exist in society’s shadows. It was in those shadows that Pat found her calling, while never losing her passion for politics or her belief that each of us can be an agent for change. Her stories about the ’92 campaign, especially those about the Washington Operations Office and the Presidential Transition will warm our hearts for years to come.”

—Brian Thompson, Assistant Director for Administration at the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison and former White House Liaison at the National Archives, former Executive Director of the Museum of American Finance in New York

 

Capt. Betsy BirdThe Concrete Killing Fields is not just a book about homelessness or struggles or pain. It is a beautifully written story about one woman’s journey to discover herself, fulfill livelong ambitions, and do her best to provide relief, in whatever form, to those she encounters. You do not need to be a student of the issues or have direct knowledge of the situations Pat describes to appreciate and enjoy this book. Through Pat’s elegant, yet direct, prose, she pulls you intimately into the story of a gutsy, strong- willed woman with a goal of making this world a better place. Pat Morgan has spent years doing and living life. Her voice is one that should be heard.”

—Betsy Bird, Captain, U. S. Navy retired. Former Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Public Affairs; Public Affairs Officer for Commander, Submarine Force, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, HI; Public Affairs Officer for the Chief of Naval Personnel, Washington, DC