SIUE Alum Tiffany Lee Co-Authors Book Celebrating East St. Louis Residents

SIUE Alum Tiffany Lee Co-Authors Book Celebrating East St. Louis Residents

Tiffany and PettyBecause Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alum Tiffany Grimmett Lee knows about the incredible accomplishments and contributions made by people from her native East St. Louis, she wanted to pass on this history to others.

Lee and Reginald Petty co-wrote, Legendary East St. Louisans: An African American Series. Lee’s company, TiffanyRose Publishing, published the book in June. The book spotlights 49 people, who made inroads or excelled as educators, activists, entrepreneurs, entertainers, athletes and more. The lives of these legendary residents spanned from 1850-2016.

“I grew up hearing about successful and influential people, who lived in East St. Louis,” said Lee, who received a bachelor’s in psychology in 1998 from SIUE and master’s in communication in 2002 from Lindenwood University. Lee is also a communications instructor at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park.

“When I was taking a documentary film class at Washington University, I wanted to present something positive about East St. Louis,” Lee continued. “My father, Thomas Grimmett, told me to talk to Reginald Petty and Dr. Eugene B. Redmond.”

Petty, historian, civil rights activist and Peace Corp director, has published several booklets containing East St. Louis historical documentation, such as excerpts from East St. Louis newspaper clippings, directories, books and school yearbooks entitled, Bits & Pieces.

“He always wanted to write a book about notable East St. Louis residents,” Lee said, “so we decided to team up. He was the lead researcher, and I was the lead writer.”

The book spotlights such well-known East St. Louisans as: jazz musician Miles Davis, Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee and legendary dancer and educator Katherine Dunham. Readers will also find lesser-known leaders of the early African American community such as Carrie K. (Johnson) Bowles, one of the first African American women to join The League of Women Voters of St. Louis and fight alongside famed suffragist Edna Gellhorn; and Dr. Henri Weathers, who fought to allow African American doctors to practice at local hospitals.

From John Robinson’s fight for African American schools in the late 1800s to President Barack Obama’s recent historical appointment of Staci Yandle of East St. Louis as the second openly gay person appointed to a federal court, the book gives a glimpse of more than 100 years of East St. Louis African American history.

“The purpose of this book is to bring forth the history of African American East St. Louisans, and their uniqueness as well as their positive contributions to humanity,” wrote Petty in the book’s preface. “East St. Louis has definitely produced its share of productive and innovative African Americans in arts, sports, politics, music, medicine, etc.” Petty is also featured in the book.

“This book is as regal as it is revealing and compelling,” wrote Eugene B. Redmond, SIUE emeritus professor of English and East St. Louis poet laureate. “Artisans, athletes, educators, entertainers, scientists, veterans of wars and the Race Riot of 1917 join political leaders and poets in this dream- and performance-storied portraiture of African American East St. Louis.” Redmond is also featured in the book.

“The hardest part in writing the book was narrowing down the information,” Lee said. “We had so much information and almost 90 people on the list of people to possibly feature. In actuality, there are many more than that. We’ve been asked about leaving some people out, but there are just so many people, that one book would never do the city justice.”

“One of the main purposes of the book,” Lee added, “was for it to be used by East St. Louis school children, so they can be inspired, but also so they can learn about their history.”

Her next work, which will be available in summer of 2017, will cover East St. Louis people, places and events from 1917-2017.

For more information or to purchase the book, visit http://amzn.to/29Bs21o.

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Co-Authors of Legendary East St. Louisans: An African American Series, SIUE Alum Tiffany Grimmett Lee and Reginald Petty.

This article originally appeared on SIUE’s Website.

Official Release: Legendary East St. Louisans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Legendary East St. Louisans: An African American Series features 1917 Riot Survivors, Educators, Artists and More – Over 100 plus years of African American History.

 Native East St. Louisans, Reginald Petty and Tiffany (Grimmett) Lee to launch the first full-length book in 25 years which focuses on the accomplishments of East St. Louis African Americans, Saturday, August 20th at 1 p.m.

EAST ST. LOUIS, IL: August 11, 2016 – Come celebrate East St. Louis History, and those who have contributed to its legacy by joining authors Reginald Petty and Tiffany Lee for the official book release and signing of Legendary East St. Louisans: An African American Series on August 20th, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the East St. Louis Public Library (5300 State St., East St. Louis, IL, 62203).

Legendary East St. Louisans covers well-known East St. Louisans such as; Miles Davis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Reginald Hudlin.  Additionally, readers are introduced to lesser-known pillars of the early African American community such as Carrie K. (Johnson) Bowles, one of the first African American women to join The League of Women Voters of St. Louis, and to fight alongside famed suffragist Edna Gellhorn; and Dr. Henri Weathers who fought to allow African American doctors to practice at local hospitals.  He was also one of the first African American doctors hired by St. Louis University Medical School.

From John Robinson’s fight for African American schools in the late 1800’s to President Obama’s recent historical appointment of Staci Yandle, over 100 years of East St. Louis African American History is covered in Legendary East St. Louisans: An African American Series. Eugene B. Redmond, Poet Laureate of East St. Louis, Illinois and Emeritus Professor English, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville says of the work, “This book is as regal as it is revealing and compelling. Artisans, athletes, educators, entertainers, scientists, veterans of wars and the Race Riot of 1917 join political leaders and poets in this dream- and performance-storied portraiture of African American East St. Louis.” Moreover, according to Joseph A. Brown, SJ; Ph. D. Professor, Author and Priest, “[Reginald Petty’s] gifts of “taking care” and “care-taking” are magnificently on display in this collection of the great forces of nature who have helped the world realize just how powerful the people of East St. Louis have been and continue to be.”

Legendary East St. Louisans: An African American Series will be available for sale at the event for $15.  Attendees can receive a 1.00 off of the purchase of the book, when they donate a book in good condition to the library.  Legendary East St. Louisans is also available on Amazon.com.

 

About the author: Reginald Petty is a native East St. Louisan, retired U.S. Government administrator, activist, and historiographer for the city of East Saint Louis, Il.

Tiffany (Grimmett) Lee is a native East St. Louisan, a Saint Louis Community College Communications Professor, writer, and founder of TiffanyRose Publishing.

About TiffanyRose Publishing: TiffanyRose Publishing is a boutique start-up publisher.  Publishing quality written, digital, and visual works.

 

Press Contact:

Contact: Tiffany Lee

Company’s Name: TiffanyRose Publishing

Book’s Name: Legendary East St. Louisans: An African American Series (ISBN-13: 978-1533512772)

Email Address: editor@TiffanyRosePublishing.com

Legendary East St. Louisans: An African American Series

book picture for websitePublishing this has truly been a labor of love.  In order to publish this book, 100+ resources were compiled. Hundreds of hours were spent writing – highlighting the stories of a group of people who persevered.  Some of these short bios cover people who helped after the 1917 race riots and others were active participants in the civil rights movement.  These bios are of successful people who were nurtured in the city of East St. Louis. In this city that has been written off by many, were nurtured some of the greatest artist, scholars and athletes in history: Miles Davis, Harry Edwards, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Reginald and Warrington Hudlin to name a few.

Their stories need to be told because these people weren’t born exceptional or great. By many perceptions they were born ‘less advantaged.’ Yet, they created their own form of greatness. They figured out what they wanted to do, and they went about doing it. They worked hard, and found some doors closed to them, but they persevered. They excelled in spite of or maybe because of the trials they were faced with; and that’s what makes them and their lives great and their stories inspirational. They inspire us to want to be great. Reading their stories makes the reader feel as if he can reach through an ethereal film and grab hold to the magic that resonates in all of their experiences. Their stories transcend a town, or even a race, and exemplify the greatness that lies dormant in all of us. It speaks to us, “Find your greatness.”

So please get your copy of the first book published under the TiffanyRose Publishing  House – Legendary East St. Louisans: An African American Series. It is available on Amazon.

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Kindle Unlimited: So Many Choices…So Little Time

Libraries have always been my source for free books. But with the advent of e-readers, people are turning more and more to ebooks, which have the advantage of instant accessibility and are typically priced lower than print books as well. I will always, always love print books but I’ve benefited from the convenience of ebooks […]

via Kindle Unlimited- the Netflix of Books — Morgan Marjek

The Benefits and Advantages of eBooks

By Remez Sasson

An ebook is a book in electronic format. It is downloaded to a computer, PC, Mac, laptop, PDA, tablet, smartphone or any other kind of reading device, and is read on the screen. It can have numbered pages, table of contents, pictures and graphics, exactly like a printed book.

Ebooks present many benefits and advantages, and this article shows some of them.

It is very simple and easy to purchase and download ebooks through the Internet. It is exactly like purchasing any other product. The only difference is that after payment you will either be directed to a download page or receive the download link in an email. All you have to do is click on the link and the ebook will automatically download to your computer, to a folder of your own choice.

After download you don’t have to be connected to the Internet in order to read the ebook. You can stay offline. If you wish to have it printed, it is very easy. Just click on the print button in the ebook, to print it with your home printer.

What are the benefits and advantages of ebooks?

1. Ebooks are delivered almost instantaneously. You can purchase, download and start reading them within minutes, without leaving your chair. You don’t have to go to a bookstore to buy them, neither wait for them for days, weeks and sometimes more to arrive in the mail.

2. No trees are required to manufacture paper for the pages of ebooks.

3. When you need certain information, you can get it immediately, by downloading an ebook.

4. Many ebooks are sold nowadays with bonuses, which you usually do not get with a printed book. This adds value to your purchase.

5. Ebooks take up less space. You practically don’t need any space to store them. You don’t need a library or a room for them. You can store hundreds and thousands of ebooks on your computer or reading device.

6. Ebooks are portable. You can carry a whole library of hundreds of books with you, on CD, in a laptop, notebook or any ebook reader, without worrying about their weight.

7. With today’s technology you can read ebooks everywhere, on the bus, train, airplane, and while standing in line.

8. Ebooks are more safely stored and carried from one place to another, than ordinary books. They also withstand time more than books.

9. Ebooks can show links, for easy access to more information and related websites.

10. Ebooks are searchable. You can easily search for any information in an ebook, instead of turning page after page.

11. Ebooks can be interactive and contain audio, video and animations, which can enhance the message that the author is trying to convey.

12. Since ebooks are delivered through the Internet, there are no packing and shipping expenses.

13. Ebooks can be printable, so that if you wish to read an ebook in the traditional way, you can very inexpensively print it with your home printer or at any printing shop.

14. Fonts in ebooks can be resized, making it easier to read for people with disabilities. With an additional software it is possible to turn some of the ebooks into audio books.

15. Ebooks are very easy to sell and distribute.

16. It is very simple and easy to purchase and download an ebook. People living in big modernized cities, in a remote village in a far away country or on a small island, can equally access an ebook. It takes them the same amount of time to purchase and download an ebook, provided they have an Internet connection.

17. It is possible to purchase an ebook 24 hours a day, every day of the year, from the comfort of your own house or office. You can purchase and download an ebook, even if you are on a vacation. All you need is a laptop, tablet. smartphone, or a reading device, and wireless Internet connection.

18. People are already spending a lot of time in front of their computers, so why not read and ebook, instead of doing something else?

Nowadays, one can find ebooks about every possible subject, fiction and nonfiction, free and not free.

Considering non-fiction ebooks, such ebooks disseminate knowledge not pages, which means that it is not correct to evaluate the price of an ebook according to the number of its pages. The price should be determined by the information offered, its usefulness and its relevance, and also by the amount of practical knowledge, inspiration, motivation, tips and advice, and by the uniqueness of the information.

About the Author
Remez Sasson writes books and articles, with practical information and guidance, about positive thinking and motivation, visualization, gaining inner strength and inner peace, achieving success and living a better life. Visit his website www.SuccessConsciousness.com

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