Two St. Louis Community College adjunct instructors recently conducted book signings of their latest works.
Tiffany Lee, adjunct in communications at Forest Park, is co-author of “Legendary East St. Louisans: An African-American Series.” Mariah Richardson, adjunct instructor in mass communications at Forest Park, has written “Madeline Delilah: Extraordinarily Ordinary.”
Released last year, Lee’s book covers more than 100 years of East St. Louis history, from John Robinson’s fight for African-American schools in the late 1800s to Barack Obama’s historical appointment of Staci Yandle as U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois in 2014.
The book also features well-known East St. Louisans such as Miles Davis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Reginald Hudlin. Readers also 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 St. Louis’ League of Women Voters and 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 Saint Louis University Medical School.
A native of East St. Louis, Lee is a writer and founder of TiffanyRose Publishing.
“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,” said Eugene B. Redmond, poet laureate of East St. Louis who is an emeritus professor English at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
Lee’s book is available on Amazon.com.
Richardson’s book is based on her play, “Delilah’s Wish.”
In this book, set in old North St. Louis, Delilah has lost an heirloom given to her by her mother. It once belonged to Delilah’s great-grandmother. Delilah received it on the day her mother on the day she left for deployment to the Middle East. Delilah must find it before the Fourth of July.
“As you go through the book, you are introduced to many of Delilah’s colorful neighbors, who all live in a diverse neighborhood where people don’t always get along,” said Richardson, who also is an experienced playwright, professional actress and filmmaker.
Richardson, a native St. Louisan, recommends the book for independent readers ages 7-11. It can also be read to younger children. There also is a 12-inch plush doll of the character.
The book also is available on Amazon.