The Torch of Decency documents the historic past of Chatham and its residents, while exposing the turbulent changes which threaten its impressive standing as a revered African American middle-class residential neighborhood.
Cole's deep investment and commitment to the preservation of Chatham's history and culture is evident throughout the book. Descriptive passages reveal the diverse personalities and rich culture that make up the flavor and diversity of its neighborhoods. The Torch of Decency discusses Chatham's growth from infancy to the present day, and encourages all Chatham residents to become involved and give back to their community. As a testament to his commitment, a portion of the proceeds from every book will be donated to the Greater Chatham Alliance.
In his book, Cole discusses Chatham's founders, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and politicians and how they shaped the community. He also delves into the increase in criminal activity and economic woes which currently plague his beloved community, while providing readers with solutions and ways to rekindle the community pride that was once Chatham's claim to fame. According to Cole, assuming responsibility for the preservation of the acclaimed accomplishments of Chatham's previous generations is a torch of decency all should carry.