“A new book by former Charleston attorney Tom Rodd, “Stories from West Virginia’s Civil Rights History,” features events from the life of John Robert (“J.R.”) Clifford (1848-1933), the Mountain State’s first African American attorney. On Monday, September 14, 2015, at 7:00 PM, Rodd will give a talk at a book-signing reception at Taylor Books in Charleston on Capitol Street.
Rodd co-directs the J.R. Clifford Project with Charleston attorney Kitty Dooley and Senior Supreme Court Justice Larry Starcher. They are expected to speak with Rodd at the September 14 Taylor Books event.
Rodd gives ample credit to the many historical researchers like WVU Professor Connie Rice who have preserved and unearthed the stories of Clifford and Granville Hall’s rich and long lives, and to all of the participants in Clifford Project events.
“We’ve had thousands of great people be part of our dramatic programs,” said Rodd, “including in the Charleston area, and I hope to see many of them at our book-signing. All profits go to the Project.”
“Stories from West Virginia’s Civil Rights History” is published and distributed by Quarrier Press of Charleston, with funding assistance from the Legislature’s Community Partnership Grant Program and the West Virginia Humanities Council; the price to the general public is $7.95.
To coordinate refreshments and seating, RSVPs are requested for the Taylor Books event at www.jrclifford.org; or contact Brandae Mullins at Friends of Blackwater, firstname.lastname@example.org; 304-345-7663 x2. “