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Hi there readers and fellow authors. I am Willie Tee and I send out newsletters from time to time to keep you informed of the progress I am making in the promotion of my book, The Winds of Destiny, 2nd Edition. I will mention in my newsletter book festivals, speaking engagements and book signings that I attended or will attend in the future. I also inform readers of other fellow authors that I have met and the titles of their books. Importantly, I want to encourage others to become authors, a dream come true, and to provide them guidance on how to become skillful authors.
Newsletter Dated: 2/16/2004 8:24:05 PM

Subject: An Expressions Showcase to Remember (Black History Month)

Hi there book fans and fellow authors. I assumed that I would need to write 30 to 40 more pages of manuscript to make my next book, “The Winds of Destiny, The Keepers of the Secret”, or the first sequel to my book, one hundred (100) pages long. However, I have found that 86 pages of text on my computer is normally a 152 page book when it is printed…Since I have 60 pages of manuscript, it equates to about 115 pages in a printed book or more. Therefore, I have met my milestone or goal without realizing it. Of course, I have been writing on this sequel for about 15 months and it is amazing that I am really finished. But, I do have to go in and edit what I have written. I will read the manuscript about 50 times to insure accuracy and style. I will also tailor the last paragraph of each chapter to end each chapter appropriately and then lead into the next chapter.

God continues to bless me and my schedule of appearances for this year is growing even larger. I give thanks to Steve, my sales representative. There is an old adage that states, “When many people give a little, then it will equate to a plenty and it can be used to help someone in need”. I have already put this adage to the test. It worked during a fundraiser at the church where I worship. I will continue to participate in fundraisers to help those in need.

On Saturday, 14 February 2004, I was at Shiloh Baptist Church at Fredericksburg, Virginia to participate as an author in their Expressions Showcase. It was great to see an old acquaintance, Stan Alston, the author of “Faith Love and Life, A Collection of Poems and Songs”. Stan is a poet, author and singer. His lovely wife accompanied him. The Mayor of Fredericksburg was also present. I noticed that both blacks and whites were present during the showcase.

A black man, who was a speaker, intrigued me. His head and beard hair were white as the snows of the Alps. We were astonished when he told the audience that he was only 42 years old. He took us down memory lane by outlining historical events beginning in the 1700s that were designed to give blacks equal rights. However, he pointed out that southern states created their own laws to circumvent our freedom to vote and restricted our education. The speaker was a man of much wisdom and pointed out that lack of a good education was the black man’s dilemma. Some whites with the use of Jim Crow methods attempted to deny blacks a good education. The case of Brown vs. The Board of Education, which was reviewed by the US Supreme Court, shot down separate but equal schools of education and paved the way for integration of public schools.

I believed that they saved the best or Stan and I for last. With booming voices we outlined issues of honesty and integrity within our youths. I spoke about how witchcraft or conjuring has no place (practice of it) in our society and that it should be remembered as being a part of our culture during the past. That now we should place our trust in God.

I spoke about the problems of gun violence and domestic violence within homes. Importantly, I mentioned that I see some men at the round table of immortality. “I see Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Ralph Abernathy and Senator Robert Kennedy. God gave us these men during the 1960s to further the goals of human and civil rights. Some people thought that by killing these men that their dreams would die with them. However, they were wrong and in death these men continue to wield power and are motivators for people who want to further the goals of human rights. These leaders are still here (their legacies) and they are many times stronger now than when they lived. We will never forget them.” Lets remember that people of several races participated in the freedom marches. I had the honor to be on the protective services unit that escorted Dr. Ralph Abernathy and Rev. Jesse Jackson when they visited Fort Bragg, North Carolina during the 1980s on separate visits. I stood close to both of these men and shook their hands. Dr. Ralph Abernathy gazed at me approvingly and our eyes met…His eyes glowed with strength and determination and he seemed to say, “Yes, I was there with him (Dr. King) and his dream has come true”.

These men, who sit at the round table of immortality, are our inspiration, but the task is not yet completely done. Now that the scales of life weigh better in the black man’s favor, all races must work together in ridding our society of violence and drugs. People of all cutlures need to take full advantage of the education that is being provided. Our history is not about faddish clothes or the rap and the dap. It is about a downtrodden people who rose up to be competitive in the endeavors of a nation, where our constitution stipulates that all men are created equal.

Our sports coach in middle school use to say, “Be a go getter. Go out there and get it, because no one going to give it to you.” He is a black man and one day will be the subject of a novel that I will write, titled, “Where Are They Now”? About a black coach, who at the beginning of school integration took a lopsided mixed race basketball team (9 black and 2 white students) to the state finals and won. The referees of that game saw a black man who was as stately in appearance as Dr. Martin L. King, but aggressive as hell with a booming voice, when the referees made “bad” calls. He said often during that game, “You referees better go and see an eye doctor, because the other team’s players sure as hell fouled my players.”

Stan Alston, the poet and singer wowed the audience at the end with the singing of one of his Christian Songs and the reading of his Christian oriented poems. You can also purchase a musical CD of Stan singing his songs (which are poems) at Amazon.com or any bookstore. Stan is A.K.A (known as “Spirit”) and he speaks and sings with a spirit that I have seldom heard. Yeap, if you see me driving down the interstate and pleased as punch,I am listening to Stan's CD. If all fails, go to www.addall.com and do a query of Stan’s name or book title and you will get links for his book. I have been truly blessed to have met Stan and his family. May God continue to bless you all and may your destinies be everything thing that you ever wished for.



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