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Harris County
Houston Public Library
News Release
Thursday, February 16, 2012

“An Afternoon with…” Two African American Authors at the Houston Public Library
A Program Presentation in Celebration of African American History Month

In commemoration of African American History Month the Houston Public Library (HPL) offers two “An Afternoon with…” author presentations during the month of February 2012. These events are free and open to the public. For more details visit www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.  These programs are supported by a grant from the Houston Public Library Foundation.

“An Afternoon With…” Author Daniel Black

Saturday, February 18, 2012 * 1 PM
Central Library
500 McKinney, 77002

Nationally-acclaimed author Daniel Black will discuss his latest novel “Perfect Peace,” a heartbreaking portrait of a large, rural southern family’s attempt to grapple with their mother’s desperate decision to make her newborn son into the daughter she will never have.

About the Author
Daniel Omotosho Black is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, yet spent the majority of his childhood years in Blackwell, Arkansas. He was granted a full scholarship to Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he majored in English. He was awarded the Oxford Modern British Studies Scholarship and studied abroad at Oxford University, Oxford, England. Upon graduation from Clark College (magna cum laude in 1988), he was granted a full graduate fellowship to Temple University in pursuit of a Ph.D. in African American Studies. Completing this phase of his academic career in 1993, with Sonia Sanchez as one of his dissertation advisers, Dr. Black returned to his alma mater in order to help establish the tradition of top-notch scholars who publish and remain at historically Black institutions. As a tenured associate professor, he now aims to provide an example to young African Americans of the importance of self-knowledge and communal commitment. Omotosho, as he prefers to be called, is the founder of the Nzinga-Ndugu rites of passage (or initiation) society -- a group whose focus is instilling principle and character in the lives of African American youth.

“An Afternoon with…” Author Mignette Patrick Dorsey

Saturday, February 25, 2012 * 1 PM
Henington-Alief Regional Library
7979 South Kirkwood, 77072, 832-393-1820

Award-winning journalist Mignette Patrick Dorsey will discuss her book, “Speak Truth to Power: The Story of Charles Patrick, a Civil Rights Pioneer,” which tells the story of the author’s father. Charles Patrick’s quest for justice in segregated Alabama on the eve of the civil rights movement represents a telling instance of the growing determination of African Americans to be treated fairly; it was part of the broadening and deepening stream of resolve that led to the widespread activism of the civil rights movement.

About the Author
A Los Angeles, California native, Dorsey is the youngest child of Charles and Rutha Patrick. She is an award-winning print journalist who has worked as a city spokesperson and a high school journalism educator. Currently, Dorsey teaches writing classes at a community college, and is a graduate student.

About the Houston Public Library: The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.




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