I had the great honor of being asked to speak on February 28, 2015 to the Flagler County Branch of the American Association of University Women. I had even the greater honor of sharing the stage with Rosamond Parish, an amazing artist and author of a book called Lincolnville – A Sketchbook Journal, about a historic neighborhood in St. Augustine, Florida. I’ll write separately about her and her book.
Our books both deal with race relations in times past. In my book there is reference to Jude reading the newspaper and learning that Martin Luther King, Jr. is being held in jail in St. Augustine. Rosamond talked about homes he stayed in during that time of racial unrest in St. Augustine. She has a chapter about a man named Roosevelt who is still a fixture in St. Augustine. One of my two main characers is named Roosevelt. She discussed issues like the fact that Blacks could not go to the beach in St. Augustine, just like is depicted in my book.
The audience was very attentive to both of us. They listened, asked questions, and eagerly purchased our books. It was very uplifting event, for me and I believe for the audience.
These photographs were taken by the group’s official photographer and shared with me.