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Roanoke Public Library

Roanoke, Virginia. The Roanoke Public Library System invited me to speak at its historic Gainesville Branch Library. What a wonderful and inviting audience. Roanoke was first called Big Lick Township, because of the huge salt deposit runoff from the Blue Ridge Mountains which attracted wildlife to lick the salt at the Roanoke River, and because of its mountain valley location served as the gateway for wagon trains going west.  During the mid-nineteenth century, the township was renamed R...
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Lt. Colonel Leo Roger Gray (Ret)

During World War II, the night sky was dotted with 350 bright stars who flew over European and North African skies in protecting American military planes, known as the brave Tuskegee Red Tail Pilots. This evening, the sky is that much dimmer, with the passing of one of the few Red Tail pilots left, Lt. Colonel Leo Roger Gray, whose life story was featured in the book Freedom Road: An American Family Saga from Jamestown to World War. We offer sincere condolences to Leo’s ...
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National Museum of African American History: Donors Evening

September 17, 2016, Washington, DC. I had the awesome honor in attending the Donors Evening at a pre-opening event at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and it was absolutely and AWESOME star-studded event. No long lines to get into the building, they handled issues of crowd control with absolute precision, including checking bags, IDs and onsite registration. The first thing a visitor will notice is the beauty and grandeur of the lobby, which was warm and in...
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New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana. The Ric Murphy Book Tour Bus stopped in New Orleans and there is no city like “The Big Easy,” with its jambalaya, Po-Boy, and crawfish; its rhythmic Jazz, Zydeco and Blue Grass sounds on Bourbon Street; and its party atmosphere and people watching–what great fun as always. The book signing at the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street was such a success, I ran out of books. But, don’t worry, the 30 pounds of books that were taken to the hotle was m...
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Patriot Isaac Carter Chapter

September 3, 2016, Harlowe Township, Craven County, North Carolina. In an historic moment, the North Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution chartered its newest chapter, the Patriot Isaac Carter Chapter, in honor of fourteen brave African American men who patriotically served in the American Revolutionary War. The Isaac Carter Chapter is the first of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution named after an African-American and is the...
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2016 BCALA Newsletter

Columbia, SC. The distinguished Black Caucus of the American Library Association in its Spring 2016 BCALA Newsletter, just provided a Book Review for Freedom Road: An American Family Saga from Jamestown to World War. The BCALA serves as an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources to the nation’s African American community; and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African Amer...ican librarians. For more...
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INDIE Book Awards

Ric Murphy’s award winning book, Freedom Road: An American Family Saga from Jamestown to World War, will be honored by the 2016 Indie Book Awards as the winner in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category at the Awards Ceremony at the Newberry Library in Chicago on Wednesday May 11th. For authors and publishers the Indie Book Awards is the largest nonprofit organization known as 'Sundance' of the book publishing world, and actively advances the work of distinguished authors interna...
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2015 USS Midway

San Diego, California. From coast-to-coast, the Ric Murphy Book Tour Bus has certainly been busy. This past week was in San Diego, California, where he spoke at a National Conference and held a book signing for his current book Freedom Road. Since he was in San Diego he shared the historic story of the USS Midway, and the leadership of then Captain Larry Chambers during the evacuation of the Fall of Saigon, for his upcoming book.
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