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SUCCESS: An American Memoir

An up and coming book by Attorney, Betty Hunter about Success. Pictured on the cover is Fred Irby III, who was featured in our 2019 wall calendar, A Journey into 365 Days of Black History.  A great friend of mine, Richard Stebbins, who is a 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist, introduced me to Fred Irby via the Howard University Jazz Ensemble CD recordings. Mr. Irby is an accomplished musician who has led hundreds of students into the field of music.

It is a pleasure to help promote this new book by Mr. Irby's relative, Betty Hunter.

The book entitled "SUCCESS: An American Memoir," is a must read novel about seven consecutive generations of linear heirs. American patriarchs and matriarchs, who originated from Georgetown, South Carolina and walked to Selma, Alabama, where they settled.

Their timeline spanning from 1832 - 2021, this historic memoir captures the strength of American citizens confidently participating in building the United States of America in the spirit of fostering a more perfect union. "Our courageous ancestors -- remained calm and carried on because iron sharpens iron."

Fred Irby, III is a member of the family's 5th Generation and he is proof of worldwide success. When he was 9 years old, he received a gift from his parents and has uplifted that trumpet since that faithful day. Through his trumpet, Mr. Irby has achieved record breaking awards and honors. He has performed, created, recorded, and taught music from the days of his youth. He is unanimously considered in the top tier of famous entertainers and  scholars, internationally, performing at numerous award shows, such as the Emmys, Oscars, and Kennedy Center Honors.

This is certainly to be a ground-breaking work, highlighting the rise of  generations of people of color. It is important to learn of these stories and pass them on for knowledge and inspiration.

This much anticipated book will soon be available online through Amazon. Follow this link for updates on it's "hot off the press" release: