October 9, 2013

Oak Grove Author Visits University Students

Ernest Hill encourages students to take on family challenges

GRAMBLING, LA — Author Ernest Hill will enrich the academic experiences of Grambling State University students with a series of classroom presentations on Thursday (October 10), discussing the interconnectedness of education and schools, home and family relationships and how students can help communities and neighborhoods work together for the success of young children.

Hill is the author of “A Person of Interest,” “Family Ties,” Satisfied With Nothin,’” “Cry Me A River,” and “It’s All About the Moon: When The Sun Ain’t Shining.” Another book, “A Life For A Life,” has caught the eye of movie producers. A screen play has been written. The classroom visits are being coordinated by Frankie Rabon, an associate professor in Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Hill will speak in the Washington-Johnson Complex in Room #107 at 1:00 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. He will do a book reading and sign books at the university Barnes & Noble bookstore from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

“Hill is a great example of our Louisiana learning and teaching,” said Rabon. “He grew up in Oak Grove and is the fourth of 10 children. He grew up in a time of tin-roof shanties with a loving mother and father who gave all 10 children much encouragement.

“He and all of his brothers and sisters finished college with the strong support of progressive parents who taught their children the value of honesty, hard work and education. He was also taught to dream of a life beyond the narrow confines of the small town into which he had been born.”

For further information about the classroom visits or the book reading and signing, contact Rabon at rabonf@gram.edu or 318-274-2266.

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