Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Thursday, May 16, 2013
CONTACT: Angela Fisher Hall       
Associate Director                                              
Birmingham Public Library                                
Phone: (205) 226-3614                                         
Library Welcomes Author for a Journey on the Trail of Tears
Comanche Nation Member Ron Cooper Shares Photographs and Book Charting His Own Experience Along the Cherokee Indian’s Trail of Tears
 Birmingham, Alabama--Ron Cooper, a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, began walking the Northern Route of the Cherokee Trail of Tears National Historic Trail in January 2011 as a personal adventure of self-reflection. Much to his surprise, he quickly became an ambassador for education, a catalyst for further conservation of the Trail, and a symbol of tribal unity and pride. Cooper will discuss his journey and share the best of the thousands of photos he took along the way as he discusses his book It’s My Trail, Too: A Comanche Indian’s Journey on the Cherokee Trail of Tears. This special BPL @ Night program is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Richard Arrington Auditorium of the Central Library located at 2100 Park Place.  The program is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
While enduring the worst winter in recent memory, in 2011 Ron Cooper walked hundreds of miles retracing the steps of the American Indians forced to move west in the 1830s. A first time author, Cooper has managed his tribe’s bingo enterprise and worked as blackjack dealer. He has been a full-time RVer since 2007 and currently lives in Cherokee, North Carolina with his wife and their two cats. His hobbies are Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, reading, bird watching, hiking and backpacking.
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MEDIA:  Media coverage of this program is welcomed.  Attached is a flyer with additional information.  To schedule an interview with the author, please contact Angela Fisher Hall at (205) 226-3614.
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