April 16, 2019

AUC Woodruff Library Friends’ Council to Host Signature Authors Event

16 Authors Will Gather for Meet and Greet and Book Signings

ATLANTA (April 16, 2019) – The Friends' Council of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library will host its sixth annual authors event, Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Virginia Lacy Jones Exhibition Hall at the AUC Woodruff Library.  The event is free and open to the public. 

This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Heroes and Sheroes,” and the event will feature author presentations from Ms. Mary Frances Early, Retired Chair of the Music Department at Clark Atlanta University, and Mr. Charles Steele, Jr., President and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

Early was the first African American to graduate from the University of Georgia in 1962, and in 1981 became the first African American elected president of the Georgia Music Educators Association. A passionate advocate for music education, Early served as music director for Atlanta Public Schools and taught at Morehouse College and Spelman College. She will discuss her book My Journey to UGA and Beyond: Integrating the University of Georgia.

Steele is a civil rights leader who served on the Tuscaloosa City Council for two terms. His many accomplishments for Tuscaloosa County and West Alabama include organizing the Unity Day Scholarship Fund, the Tuscaloosa Police Athletic League and securing funds to build the Bernice Washington Insight Center for drug treatment. Steele will discuss his book Easier to Obtain Than to Maintain: The Globalization of Civil Rights.

Other participating authors include Ms. Alexandra Adou, Mr. Akwasi Agyeman, Ms. Caprice Banks, Mr. Bob Bradshaw, Dr. Marcia Gibbs Credle, Dr. Doris Derby, Ms. Sherelyn Duhart, Dr. Jeremiah C. Hackley, Dr. Ronald E. Mickens, Ms. Diamond Mock, Ms. Cheryl Nelson, Dr. Arthur Patterson, Dr. Martha Ward Plowden and Ms. Jene’ Watson. 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.

Those interested in attending this event are encouraged to RSVP by April 23 to rsvp@auctr.edu or call 404-978-2003.


About the Friends’ Council

The Friends’ Council of the Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library is a diverse (age, gender, cultural and economic background) group of volunteers with a wide range of talents, areas of influence and community activism.  Founded in 2009, with Dr. Helen Kilpatrick Threatt serving as Founding Coordinator and former 12th First Lady of Morris Brown College & Librarian, the Friends’ Council of the AUC Woodruff Library’s stated purpose is to support the Library’s vision and mission through sponsorship of community engagement activities that heighten visibility and awareness. The members also serve as advocates connecting the Library to the greater Atlanta community to build partnerships and support.  The Council is a part of the dynamic academic community and uses its individual talents and expertise in planning and presenting programs, exhibits and events highlighting AUC Woodruff Library resources and services along with establishing connections with alumni of the Atlanta University Center institutions.