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Leonard Pitts Jr. won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2004. He is the author of the novel, Before I Forget. His column runs every Sunday and Wednesday. Forward From This Moment, a collection of his columns, was released in 2009.


On Sept. 11, 2001, he wrote a column on the terrorist attacks that received a huge response from readers who deluged him with more than 26,000 e-mails. It was posted on the Internet, chain-letter style. Read the column and others on the topic of September 11.


You can also read Pitts' series, What Works?, a series of columns about programs anywhere in the country that show results in improving the lives of black children.


Leonard also wrote the 2008 series I Am A Man, commemorating the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination.


Email Leonard at lpitts@MiamiHerald.com or visit his website at www.leonardpittsjr.com

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Louis Zamperini was a hero — and then some

 
Louis Zamperini, pictured in 1943, survived 47 days adrift at sea and torture in a Japanese prison camp.

Just two pages into the book Unbroken, its protagonist is in the water, hiding beneath the deteriorating life raft in which he has been drifting across the Pacific Ocean for almost a month. Overhead, Japanese bombers are circling back to strafe him a second time. And sharks are approaching from below.