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Limited number of biography of civil rights leader Maxine Smith on sale at APSU; proceeds to go to Smith scholarship

There are moments in history that must never be forgotten. During such historically significant times, strong leaders seem to surface--buoyed by public need and their own faith and determination.

The story of one such leaderMaxine Smith, Memphishas been captured for posterity by Austin Peay State University President Sherry Hoppe and Provost Bruce Speck in Smiths authorized biography, Maxines Unwilling Pupils: Lessons Learned in Memphis Civil Rights Classroom, recently released by The University of Tennessee Press.
There are moments in history that must never be forgotten. During such historically significant times, strong leaders seem to surface--buoyed by public need and their own faith and determination.

The story of one such leaderMaxine Smith, Memphishas been captured for posterity by Austin Peay State University President Sherry Hoppe and Provost Bruce Speck in Smith's authorized biography, “Maxine's Unwilling Pupils: Lessons Learned in Memphis' Civil Rights Classroom,” recently released by The University of Tennessee Press.

During 2006, Hoppe and Speck spent months conducting research and interviews, including numerous interviews with Smith and her husband, Dr. Vasco Smith.

All proceeds from Smith's biography, which was commissioned by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) last year, will go to fund an APSU scholarship named in honor of Smith.

Forty copies of the book were shipped to APSU following a recent book signing in Memphis. Through April 12, this limited number of copies is available for sale on a first-come, first-served basis in the Office of the President.

Each book is $43.65, including tax. A check or credit card will be accepted. Checks should be made payable to the University of Tennessee Press.

Faculty and staff who want copies signed may indicate desired personalization on the signature page. After Hoppe and Speck sign the books, they can be picked up in the Office of the President.

Books also are available from the University of Tennessee Press with a shipping charge. To order from the UT Press, go to http://utpress.org/catalog/?cat=Srping%202007.

For more information about the Smith biography, telephone Carol Clark, executive assistant to the president, at 7570. -- Dennie B. Burke