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Julia Chadwell, Author of Little Texas Sweetheart at #BEA15

May 29, 2015 | Uncategorized | Permalink

I met Julia Chadwell, author of Little Texas Sweetheart at Book Expo America in New York, #BEA15. It’s a true story about the authors struggle to overcome being a battered woman.  She signed a copy to the Students of the Chiles Academy of Daytona Beach, Florida, a charter school for teen mothers, and a caregiving facility for their children and other children. She also intends to send them more copies as a donation. The woman who’s sitting is the author’s daughter.  I gave them a copy of my book, White Sugar, Brown Sugar as well.

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When I Grow Up by Kathy Gueye at #BEA15!

May 27, 2015 | Uncategorized | Permalink

When I Grow Up by Kathy Gueye at #BEA15!

Today was the first day of Book Expo America 2015.  My shoulders hurt from lugging three bags full of other people’s books back to the room.

I met some nice people, and they signed books.

I met Kathy Gueye, author of When I Grow Up, a children’s book “celebrating the infinite possibilities of the imagination while learning!”.  She was gracious enough to sign two books for me, one a birthday present for seven year old almost author, Imon Neveah Williams, and another for the Chiles Academy in Daytona Beach, Florida, a school for teen mothers and their children.

Book Expo America (BEA) New York City 2015

May 27, 2015 | Uncategorized | Permalink

I arrived today at Book Expo America (BEA) in New York City.  I came two years ago to check it out, but this time I’m participating.  This afternoon I met a few authors and publishers and received a few books.

I brought three suitcases laden with copies of White Sugar, Brown Sugar with me, and had cards made up for marketing.  I also have cards for Armstrong Media Group.

Packing – who needs clothes?

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Obama, at Selma Memorial, Says, ‘We Know the March Is Not Yet Over’

March 8, 2015 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Obama:  “… this nation’s racial history still casts its long shadow upon us. We know the march is not yet over; we know the race is not yet won. We know reaching that blessed destination where we are judged by the content of our character requires admitting as much.”

Congressman, John Lewis, one of those who led the original Bloody Sunday march in 1960, walked hand in hand with Obama and also spoke.  Lewis has now published his second graphic novel on the civil rights fight, called March, Book II.

Following are a few paragraphs from the New York Times article.  Link to full article below:

The photo is also from the article, and gives credit to Doug Miller/New York Times:

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SELMA, Ala. — As a new generation struggles over race and power in America, President Obama and a host of political figures from both parties came here on Saturday, to the site of one of the most searing days of the civil rights era, to reflect on how far the country has come and how far it still has to go.

Fifty years after peaceful protesters trying to cross a bridge were beaten by police officers with billy clubs, shocking the nation and leading to passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, the nation’s first African-American president led a bipartisan, biracial testimonial to the pioneers whose courage helped pave the way for his own election to the highest office of the land.

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In an address at the scene of what became known as “Bloody Sunday,” Mr. Obama rejected the notion that race relations have not improved since then, despite the string of police shootings that have provoked demonstrations. “What happened in Ferguson may not be unique,” he said, “but it’s no longer endemic. It’s no longer sanctioned by law or custom, and before the civil rights movement, it most surely was.”

But the president also rejected the notion that racism has been defeated. “We don’t need the Ferguson report to know that’s not true,” he said. “We just need to open our eyes and our ears and our hearts to know that this nation’s racial history still casts its long shadow upon us. We know the march is not yet over; we know the race is not yet won. We know reaching that blessed destination where we are judged by the content of our character requires admitting as much.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/08/us/obama-in-selma-for-edmund-pettus-bridge-attack-anniversary.html?_r=0

Michael Pyle presenting book at The University of Florida

March 6, 2015 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Michael Pyle will be presenting at a graduate level class at The University of Florida

Book Cover for WebMichael Pyle will be speaking at a Multicultural Counseling class to students earning their Masters, Specialist, or Doctoral Degrees in counseling and related fields. The adjunct professor, who is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, Dr. Rosaria C. Upchurch, has included the reading of White Sugar, Brown Sugar in her class syllabus as a way of exposing her students to stories about racial relationships, struggles in people’s lives, including substance abuse, and the historical journey of segregation and other societal realities pertaining to diversity. In this class, the students are focusing on enhancing their awareness, knowledge and skills towards becoming multiculturally competent clinicians. Dr. Upchurch is asking the students to write a “book report” that addresses the students’ reflections on the book, and that emphasizes clinical themes encountered by the book’s characters. Michael will speak to the students about his story and his book, as it might relate to their development as future therapists and counselors.