Former Detroit Mayor Speaks on His Scandalous Affair in His New Book

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is drenched in scandal after being caught in having an affair with his former chief of staff. However, he is attempting to recover his name with his new book titled Surrendered: The Rise, Fall and Revelation of Kwame Malik Kilpatrick. According to, “Kilpatrick recognizes his wrongdoing — the affair — throughout the book and there tends to be a consistent apologetic tone, but more to his wife and God.” also reports:

“The book is saturated with a redemptive overtone that tends to relay the renewed spiritual connection Kilpatrick has developed. It’s through this lens that he speaks to what happened to him, not declaring innocence in his actions but the unfairness in how the events surrounding those actions were handled.”

Given typical human nature to feel that one’s side is always the right side, it is interesting to see that Kilpatrick gives his wife, Carlita Kilpatrick, a whole chapter to discuss the scandalous affair and all of the ensuing drama from her point of view. The way many people push their side of a story, it is a very bold and commendable move for Kilpatrick to welcome the public to hear what his wife has to say. It appears that Kilpatrick is laying aside his pride by doing so and that he has learned his lesson.

His book is scheduled to release this month.

Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.


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