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‘Booked on Heritage’ Shares Stories of Encouragement and Anti-bullying

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Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: Jun 29, 2017

ASU holds its annual "Booked On Heritage" event for children.

Children may be out of school for the summer break, but the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University hopes that reading and learning will remain a priority.
On Thursday, June 29, dozens of local children gathered at the Levi Watkins Learning Center for “Booked on Heritage,” an entertaining, educational morning of storytelling fun.

“Our goal is to get children excited about reading and learning about history, especially about African-American culture,” said Joseph Trimble, children’s book author and coordinator of the event.

This year’s event featured storytelling by Dr. April L. Jones and Col. Lorenza M. Bedgood (ret.).

Jones, an organization psychologist, is the author of “A Not So Easy Road: The Story of A Little Boy That Kept, His Promise” and “Lil’ Boy: The Journey to the Commissioner’s Office.” Her two books serve as a tribute to her father, Mose Jones Jr.

Moses Jones, who has served as a County Commissioner in Lawrence County Alabama for 32 years, attended this year’s “Booked on Heritage,” with his daughter. He said he knew he had a calling to public office at an early age.

“We all have a calling. I knew when I was 12 years old that I wanted to serve in public office,” Jones said. “I was in about fourth grade when I used to listen to Martin Luther King Jr. on the radio. He definitely inspired me.”

Bedgood, a retired United States Air Force colonel, is the author of “The Big Band Turkey.”  A decorated officer, Bedgood has held a wide range of leadership and management positions, which include a Pentagon policymaker, the director of a worldwide network and commander of a communications organization.

Bedgood said he wrote the book for children because he wants them to learn that bullying is wrong and how important it is to come together and work as a team.

“I hope that children reading this book will learn that we can all accomplish so much more when we work together,” Bedgood said.

About “Booked on Heritage”

Dr. Janice Franklin, ASU dean of the University Library and Learning Resources College and project director of ASU’s National Center, created “Booked on Heritage.”  Inspired by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, which recognize exceptional children books written by African-American authors, the program exposes children to stories written by African-American authors and contains relatable characters in hopes of inspiring children of color to read literature that contains valuable life lessons.

For more information, contact the National Center at 334-229-4824.

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