Greet, Meet, and Book Signing for 16 Authors

April 19, 2018


April 29, 2018 

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library


The Friends' Council of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library hosts its 5th annual authors event, Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 2:00–4:00 p.m. in the Virginia Lacy Jones Exhibition Hall at the AUC Woodruff Library.  The event is free and open to the public.  RSVP by April 23 to or call 404-978-2003.

This year’s theme “Eyes on the Prize” will feature author presentations Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College, and Dr. Erika Gibson, Vice President and Co-Founder of  Vitality Health Care, Incorporated. 

Dr. Tatum is the author of the national best seller, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?  Originally published in 2008, the book was updated in 2017 to reflect the different world views of students who have grown up with social media, media portrayals of racialized police brutality, and the elections of U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump.   Dr. Tatum is a renowned authority on the psychology of racism. Her book explores the issue of self-segregation by Black, White and Latino students in racially mixed environments.

Dr. Gibson is author of Preparing Girls for War.  In this book, she addresses the challenges girls face throughout their lives and gives them the tools to help them make the right choices.  Sensitive topics such as bullying, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and homosexuality are covered, with Dr. Gibson laying the foundation for coping with and succeeding in life through the word of God.

Other participating authors include Dr. Daniel Black, Ms. Sherelyn  Duhart,  Mrs. H. Jean Gray, Dr. Ira E. Harrison, Ms. Odessa Walker Hooker,  Mrs. Jacqueline James,  Ms. Ayana Johnson, Dr. Eugie T. Kilpatrick, Dr. Andrea Lewis,  Dr. Carla McArthur,  Ms. Tamika Newhouse,  Dr. Martha Ward Plowden, and             Dr. Marcus A. Turner.  The books feature a variety of theme-related topics: spiritual growth and awakening, women’s rights, prayer, incarceration, religion, freedom and the struggle for civil, gender and human rights. Each author will be available to meet program attendees and speak with them about their work.  Copies of their books will be available for purchase and personally signed by the authors. 

About the Friends’ Council

The Friends’ Council of the AUC Woodruff Library is a diverse group of advocates who passionately support the AUC Woodruff Library.  The Friends’ Council sponsors community engagement activities, sharing the story of the Library with a broad audience to build awareness, raise visibility and help it reach greater success.  Since 2013, the Author’s Program has been held at the award-winning AUC Woodruff Library and has become the signature event of the Friends’ Council.