03 Dec

The Adventures of Blind Tom book signing held at Barnes & Noble in White Plains, NY

Posted by Obiora Nnamdi Anekwe

On Saturday, November 21, 2015, Dr. Obiora N. Anekwe was invited to read from his new children’s book at the Barnes & Noble City Center in White Plains, New York. The event was sponsored by the Delany Center for Educational Enrichment at Pace University. Dr. Sister St. John Delany, director of the center and associate professor of education at Pace University, organized the annual book reading program and invited Dr. Anekwe to serve as the keynote author for this year’s book fair.

The event consisted of a book reading and signing from Dr. Anekwe’s children’s book, The Adventures of Blind Tom, a short story about the life of Columbus, Georgia native, Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins, a enslaved African American pianist and autistic savant who traveled the world entertaining audiences with his musical talents in voice and piano during the 1800s. After his book reading to a diverse audience of children and adults, Dr. Anekwe signed several copies of his book. In addition to his book reading, several children and adults who receive educational enrichment services from the Delany Center read from a variety of historical and modern children’s books. Mr. Thomas M. Roach, Jr., Mayor of the City of White Plains, New York, also read a children’s book to the children, parents, adults, and many graduates of Pace University who attended the annual book reading program.

Dr. Anekwe is a New York City Teaching Fellow and graduate student in Special Education at Pace University in Manhattan, New York. He resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Rev. Alexis Southerland Anekwe.