The Honorable Major Robert Odell Owens, former Congressman and professor in the Department of Public Administration at Medgar Evers College, shall sign copies of his new book, The Peacock Elite, on Thursday, September 15, 2011 from 6 pm to 9 pm in the Academic Building I – 1638 Bedford Ave., Main Dining Room/2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11225.
“Having spent twenty-four years in the nation’s capitol, I have amassed a wealth of information,” said Major Owens.”I have little doubt that you will be amused and angry yet thankful to be apprised of information that was, until now, out of reach to the public. The Peacock Elite will surely set you thinking.”
The Peacock Elite is a gripping account of the Congressional Black Caucus’ history, purpose and leadership garnered during Owens’ tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives. The signing will include a brief reading by the author.
The event is sponsored by the Community Council of Medgar Evers College. The Council has an ongoing commitment to support the College in its mission of meeting the educational and social needs of Central Brooklyn. Its efforts have greatly enhanced access to learning at the College by providing more than $200,000 dollars in scholarships to deserving students since 1980.
“This book-signing event provides a forum to share the author’s wealth of knowledge and information” said Ms. Katie L. Davis, President of Medgar Evers College Community Council. “It is our intent to promote this as the first of a series of annual events where organizations will unite to increase educational awareness in the community.”
This event is free and open to the public.
About the Honorable Major Owens
Major Owens was born in Collierville, Tennessee, gained a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and a master of science degree from Atlanta University. He was elected to the New York State Senate in 1974 as a Democrat and in 1982, to the U.S. House of Representatives, replacing the retiring Shirley Chisholm. One of his achievements in the House was the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Owens represented New York’s 11th Congressional district in the United States House of Representatives – a very diverse district located within Brooklyn, New York. His district included low income areas of Brownsville, a large Hasidic area of Crown Heights, the heavily Caribbean areas of Flatbush and East Flatbush, and the upscale neighborhood of Park Slope. A member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Owens received an “A” on the Drum Major Institute’s 2005 Congressional Scorecard on middle-class issues.
Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.