“Nat Glover’s Striving for Justice is the engrossing story of a young Black man who rose from the then-segregated city of Jacksonville, Florida to become one of the nation’s most respected law enforcement professionals. I saw the impressive work Nat Glover did as an inspiring leader in his community, and his moving and important book is a powerful testament to one man’s commitment to justice, crossing racial divides, and making the world a better place."
– President Bill Clinton
I was born into and grew up within what generously could be called an underprivileged environment, an area that many would call a ghetto. There were obstacles, to put it lightly. Not every path I’ve taken has pushed me in the right direction. I have made mistakes, plenty of them, but I learned, and I overcame these errors, often with the assistance of remarkable people. I believe that my most painful recollections will be informative and relatable, and that my most satisfying recollections will be inspiring and elevating.
In the end, it comes down to this: I have life experience and I know deeply that I have the responsibility to share it with others – with you – especially if you are young and impressionable, especially if you are galvanized by the newly emerging challenges confronting law enforcement and the people it serves, especially if you are considering a life in any challenging endeavor. It is incumbent upon us to leave the world a better place than we found it.
What life experience, you ask? This and more:
I’ve been locked behind bars, and I’ve put people behind bars.
I’ve dropped out of college, earned four college degrees, and ran and revitalized a college.
I was victimized by a racist police department, and I reformed that same police department as the first elected Black sheriff in the deep South since the Reconstruction era.
My law-enforcement innovations were recognized by then-President Bill Clinton and U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.
My name is Nat Glover, and I was there...for all of it.