Melvin E. Edwards Book Launch Event

book coverAbout Melvin E. Edwards (From the Author):
Melvin E. Edwards is a 6th-generation Texan and a multiple-award-winning author, newspaper reporter, lyricist, and poet. He's one of the first Black members of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, which means his pre-1846 Texas ancestry has been documented and verified to be authentic.
After 18 years in Maryland, he recently returned to his home state of Texas with his wife, Kimberly, and twin stepsons. Combined, they have six children and four grandchildren. One son lives in Virginia, while his daughters and grandchildren are 7th- and 8th-generation Texans, living in the Lone Star State.

About The Strength of a Thousand Sons:

Past generations have great stories to tell, especially when they tell those stories in their own words.

Follow along in this second volume by Melvin E. Edwards as he now traces his paternal side of his family back to 1842. That family started under the cloud of enslavement in Texas before the chains of slavery were replaced by chains of generational family abuse. One mind-boggling act of desperation by 10-year-old Melvin Edwards changed that trajectory and provided a softer landing for his son, this book's author.

The direct line from Penn Edwards (b. 1842) to Sampson Edwards (b. 1889) to Melvin Edwards (b. 1927) to Melvin E. Edwards (b. 1966) to Damon Edwards (b. 1997) is examined and compared. The story of racism is present throughout the generations, but the author believes we're seeing some of the last vestiges of that scourge. He provides a roadmap to lead us the rest of the way to better racial understanding and reconciliation.

Despite the subject matter, this family's story is a hopeful one that will cause readers to reexamine their own relationships with their parents and/or children.

The very first chapter is a bombshell. The only reason you would stop reading is to catch your breath.




Event date: 
Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
306 Pearl Parkway
Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78215
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