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For immediate release Wednesday, March 15, 2017
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                                
Director of Public Relations             
Birmingham Public Library                          
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                        
Roderick Royal discusses his book “A.G. Gaston & Me” March 17 at Powderly Library
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Former Birmingham City Council President Roderick Royal will discuss his new book, “A.G. Gaston & Me: Intersecting Roads and Friendship with A.G. Gaston” at 10 a.m., Friday, March 17, 2017, at the Powderly Branch Library. The talk is open to the public.
Last fall, Royal hosted a series of "Mentoring the A.G. Gaston Way” talks at several Birmingham Public Library (BPL) locations. His talk focuses on lessons he learned from a friendship with his mentor, Gaston, the late black millionaire. “A.G. Gaston & Me” details Royal’s his bond with Gaston, who Black Enterprise magazine named black entrepreneur of the century in the 1990s.  The two first met when Royal was an 11-year-old participant in the former A.G. Gaston Boys Club on Seventh Avenue North.
Read more about Royal’s book at the following link:
Gaston, who was born on July 4, 1892, is well-known for his phenomenal story of rising from poverty in rural Alabama to building a business empire that included a bank, insurance company, funeral home, business school, hotel, funeral home and other entities. But Royal’s book shows a personal side of the millionaire who was known for his giving spirit (he gave away much of his businesses to employees through establishing an Employee Stock Option Plan).
“Through my book, I show a side of Dr. Gaston that not many people know about,” Royal said. “He was a great influence in my life. My hope is that in this lecture other people can help mentor our youth.”
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