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“30 Days A Black Man” reflects on the dangerous trailblazing work of a White reporter posing as a Black man in the segregated South

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PITTSBURGH /PRNewswire/ — As we celebrate Black History Month, we take an important look back at what life was like during the Jim Crow period. Bill Steigerwald’s startling book, 30 Days A Black Man, takes us back to 1948 in the Deep South. While the year is now 2023, we are not far removed from the extreme racism of that time. Let’s look back, lest we forget…

“I quit being white, and free, and an American citizen when I climbed aboard that Jim Crow coach…I was Black, and in bondage – not quite slavery but not quite freedom, either.” – Ray Sprigle, 1948

30 Days A Black Man recounts the story of Ray Sprigle, a star reporter for the Post-Gazette – and he was White. Sprigle made the audacious choice to disguise himself as a Black man for 30 days and traveled alongside John Wesley Dobbs, a Black civil rights pioneer from Atlanta. His purpose: to experience what it was really like to be Black living in the South, and to bring greater awareness to the injustices Black people lived through daily.

Bill Steigerwald provides a vivid account of Sprigle’s journey. Sprigle witnessed the injustices faced by Black leaders, sharecroppers and family members of lynching victims; saw the inequities in education; and encountered a separate set of rules Black people had to follow under Jim Crow, such as: sitting in the back seat of vehicles; never calling a white man by his name, but calling him “mister”; or being prohibited from trying on clothes in a clothing store. He opened the eyes of White people in the North who were unaware of the unfair practices against Black people in the South.

30 Days A Black Mana retelling of Sprigle’s encounters with racism, reminds us all to be vigilant in our efforts to seek justice for all people. Released in 2017, the book is relevant today as America continues to experience racial tension.

“Ray Sprigle and Bill Steigerwald were both reporters for the Post-Gazette. 30 Days A Black Man is an important resource as we dialogue about race in America and continue to work toward justice,” says John Block, publisher of the Toledo Blade and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Sprigle’s descriptions and undisguised outrage at “the iniquitous Jim Crow system” shocked the North, enraged the South, and ignited the first national debate in the media about ending America’s system of apartheid. Six years before Brown v. Board of Education, seven years before the murder of Emmett Till, and thirteen years before John Howard Griffin’s similar experiment became the bestseller Black Like Me, Sprigle’s intrepid journalism blasted into the American consciousness the grim reality of black lives in the South.

30 Days A Black Man by Bill Steigerwald is available on Amazon.

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Block Communications, Inc., (BCI) is a 118-year-old privately held diversified media holding company headquartered in Toledo, OH. It has primary operations in cable television, newspaper publishing, high-speed Internet and residential telephone services. Publications owned by Block Communications, Inc. include The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Toledo Blade.

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Angeline Pompei Releases Vocabulary Word Search Book for Portuguese Speakers

New ‘Learn English Fast’ bilingual book engages Portuguese-speaking adults through activity-based methods.

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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (Newswire.com) – Language-learning innovator Angeline Pompei is pleased to announce a new ESL book in her Learn English Fast® series, a Portuguese edition featuring vocabulary word searches for Portuguese speakers. The line-by-line translation book, one line in English and the next in Portuguese, allows adults to learn English vocabulary through word search activities. 

Angeline Pompei is the creator behind the Learn English Fast® brand, continuing her goal to release new books with instructional materials designed uniquely for adult learners. The new Portuguese book underscores her comprehensive approach to infusing English learning into everyday leisure activities. Pompei’s first book in the series is a songbook encouraging people to embrace learning English through music. 

The vocabulary word search book helps transform the way Portuguese-speaking adults learn English. Guided by Pompei’s pedagogical method, the book makes learning English an engaging and fun activity rather than a tedious task. A learner develops spelling skills when searching for words and memory retention by repetitively spelling the words, audibly or internally.  

“I created Learn English Fast® to share what worked for me, and my books allow me to share it with the other-speaking world more easily than ever,” said Angeline Pompei. “Now, native Portuguese speakers can use my new book as an effective way to learn English.” 

The Learn English Fast® Portuguese edition incorporates learning English through practical interaction in a way that integrates someone’s leisure time, making the process less daunting for adult learners who find it challenging to learn a language. Through its uniquely crafted resources, the series of books offers a transformational change to the traditional way of learning English, reflecting Angeline Pompei’s foundational principle of crafting interactive and fun learning experiences.  

“A person can have more opportunities for a job by learning English,” she said. “Anyone with a business can sell products online and offer services to people in other countries. Learning English helps people change their and their family’s future. That is a big reason I created Learn English Fast®, to help people have better lives.”  

Angeline Pompei’s complete bilingual book series is now already available in English/SpanishEnglish/FrenchEnglish/Polish, English/Italian, and English/Portuguese.   

To learn more about Learn English Fast®, visit Angeline Pompei’s website at https://learnenglishfast.com.  

About Angeline 
Angeline Pompei is a recording artist, entrepreneur, and adult language learner with a degree in aerospace engineering and a TELF certification to teach English internationally as a second language. Founder and CEO of Angeline Authentic, she created the Learn English Fast® system for people to learn English as a second language. Learn English Fast® comprises Angeline Pompei’s unique series of line-by-line bilingual books for learning languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, and Polish. She is also an artist with an album, “Verbiage,” that teaches grammar, vocabulary, and verb conjugation through music. Her songbook that goes along with her album, “Verbiage,” is also available for German and Japanese speakers. 

Angeline Pompei, an entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in skincare and skincare marketing, is most proud of her skincare books, which include her 3D anti-aging formula to maintain youthful skin. A multi-faceted individual, she uses all her experience to teach adults English through interest-based learning, bilingual materials, and music. All Learn English Fast® resources are available on Amazon, and her music is on major streaming platforms. Her songbook is available on Amazon and in a free PDF on her website. 

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Retired Teacher and Acclaimed Filmmaker Launch GoFundMe Campaign to Complete Film Version of “Lucy and the Lake Monster”

Teacher and Filmmaker Launch GoFundMe to Complete Film Version of Lucy and the Lake Monster. Help Bring Children’s Classic to Life With Year-End Contribution

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LAKE CHAMPLAIN, NY, UNITED STATES /EINPresswire.com/ — Children face countless challenges today. Can a book and film help? Retired Greenville County Schools teacher Kelly Tabor Cromer and filmmaker Richard Rossi certainly think so. Following the success of their children’s book, “Lucy and the Lake Monster,” the duo recently announced a GoFundMe campaign to finish and distribute its indie film adaptation, whose aim is to combat the serious problem of bullying. Using their combined creative skills to address bullying, the hope is that “Lucy and the Lake Monster” can help make the world a better place.


Do you love a good story? Do you believe a good teacher can make a difference? If you answered ‘yes-amundo’ to any of these questions, then this GoFundMe is for you!”


— Richard Rossi


The narrative follows Lucy Lago, a nine-year-old orphan living by Lake Champlain who believes in the existence of Champ, the Lake Champlain Sea Serpent. Despite mockery and opposition, Lucy and her grandpa embark on a journey to bring awareness of America’s Loch Ness Monster to the world, teaching valuable lessons about overcoming mental health challenges with childlike faith.


Bring “Lucy & the Lake Monster” to Life!

When Kelly Tabor was growing up near Lake Champlain in Crown Point, New York, she heard lots of stories about Champ, the Lake Champlain monster. She’s regaled her students with tales of the mysterious creature that lurks in the cold, murky waters of Lake Champlain.

“My students were fascinated,” she said. “I love telling them Champ stories.”


Introducing the book ‘Lucy & the Lake Monster’: Dive into a thrilling underwater adventure with Lucy as she unravels the mystery!

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Her storytelling caught the attention of Hollywood producer/director Richard Rossi, who suggested both a book series and a film series loosely based on Tabor’s childhood adventures.

“I wanted to tell the story through the eyes of a believer,” Rossi said. “It’s the power of oral storytelling. Years later her (Tabor’s) students still remember the Champ stories.”

Rossi, the director of the upcoming children’s indie film, expressed the importance of this project in addressing critical issues children face today. “Do you agree that children today face stressful situations and need positive role models? Do you hate bullying? Do you love a good story? Do you believe a good teacher can make a difference? If you answered ‘yes-amundo’ to any of these questions, then this GoFundMe is for you!”

As frightening statistics reveal how widespread bullying is and how many kids it hurts across the globe, the need for projects like “Lucy and the Lake Monster” that support children’s confidence and mental health is obvious and helps explain the success of the book. “Lucy & the Lake Monster” is available in paperback and eBook versions at Amazon.com and the Barnes and Noble and Walmart online store.

For more information on the project, be sure to visit https://www.lucyandthelakemonster.com.

Year-end donations large or small are tax-deductible. Support the “Lucy & the Lake Monster” GoFundMe at https://gofund.me/44d0dcac

“A generous donor has pledged to match $8765 of year-end contributions,” Rossi said. “So we need your help to raise another $8765! So far we have raised $1235 toward our goal. Thank you for all the support so far and making year-end donations.”


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Recommended Books For Christmas Gifts By Bestselling Author Donna Fletcher Crow – New Releases, Jane Austen, Kishanda Fulford And More

Crow writes meticulously researched, entertaining novels of romance, history, adventure and mystery in an engaging you-are-there style that allows readers to live the history. Reviewers have compared her work with PD James, Dan Brown and Barbara Pym.

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WILMINGTON, NC /24-7PressRelease/ — Award winning author Donna Fletcher Crow just released her recommendations for the best books for Christmas gifts. In a post on her site, she stated in part:

It should be easy, shouldn’t it? Everyone knows books make great gifts, so that should be all you need to know for your friend who loves to read. Right?

Wrong. Choosing the right gift for a booklover can be one of the trickiest challenges of the season.

As Oliver Darkshire warns in his delightful book Once Upon a Tome, The Misadventures of a Rare Bookseller: ‘Purchasing a book for someone isn’t like running to the shop and picking up a box of decorative soaps, or a bottle of wine. You can’t just take a stab in the dark and hope for the best. In the best-case scenario, a well-chosen book shows just how intimately you know a person, their interests, their politics…their very sense of self. In the worst case, it can show that you barely have any interest in who they are.’

Of course, one concern in choosing a gift for an avid reader is finding a book they haven’t already read. Fortunately, I have a new title out this month, so I have a ready offering I know my friends won’t have read yet. ‘Going There, Tales from the Riviera and Beyond’ even offers a special full-color, hardback gift edition for the special someone who loves to travel, likes mystery stories, and and perhaps just happens to be a Francophile.

Other recommendations offered by Crow:

“For those who love history I also have a special collection of Christmas short stories based on scenes from my various historical series: ‘A Lighted Lamp, Scenes of Christmas Through Time.’

“For those who love history and true stories of strong women Kishanda Fulford’s extensively researched book ‘The Spite of Fortune’, is an account of her husband’s ancestress, the intrepid 18th-Century Heiress Louisa Carolina Colleton.

“And for the Jane Austen lovers on your list, especially those fans of the wonderful Sanditon television series, there is ‘Sanditon’, as rewritten by Kate Riorden with a foreword by Andrew Davies for the television version.”

The full text of the piece with more recommendations is available at Crow’s website at https://donnafletchercrow.com/p/507/Christmas-Shopping-for-Booklovers … d-and-More.

Crow said in a recent interview, “I love giving books because I know I’m giving so much more than just an object. I’m giving that friend an experience. Books expand our experience, they take us to places we’ve never been before, or let us revisit favorite locations on the map or in our minds. Books give us valuable information or provide a much-needed distraction. And as has been pointed out before, they are not-fattening. What could possibly make a better gift?”

Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of 50 books, mostly novels of British history. She has taken a number of high-level industry awards for her work. Many of her books have been bestsellers in their categories, including ‘A Most Inconvenient Death’, which achieved #1 bestseller status in Christian Suspense. ‘The Fields of Bannockburn’, the epic from which The Celtic Cross Series, Part I: Scotland, The Struggle for a Nation is based, was listed as Fiction Bestseller by Christian Book Distributors and ‘The Banks of the Boyne’, the epic from which The Celtic Cross Series, Part II: Ireland, The Pursuit of Peace is based, hit #3 Best-Selling Fiction.

Her latest release is, ‘Going There, Tales from the Riviera and Beyond’. In the summer of 2021 amidst a world-wide pandemic, Donna, her daughter-in-law, and granddaughter managed to slip through a narrow window of calm for a remarkable journey to France and Switzerland. And much to Donna’s surprise and delight, she was accompanied on the undertaking by characters from her mystery series—who had adventures of their own. This book, scheduled to be available December 1, 2023, is an account of a memorable travel experience in the real world and the fictional. It takes the reader to places physical and imaginary.

The 10-volume Celtic Cross series covers the history of Scotland and Ireland. The leading historic figures of the day interact with fictional characters to bring the stirring events alive. Each epoch is tied to the series with the on-going events in the lives of modern young people as old wars and current conflicts keep them striving to find answers that provide hope for the future. The series is comprised of 10 novels. ‘The Keeper of the Stone,’ book 1 in the series was #1 on Amazon for Historical Scottish fiction.

The Daughters of Courage, ‘Kathryn’, ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Stephanie’ is a pioneer family saga based on the stories of Crow’s own family and other Idaho pioneers in the Kuna, Nampa and Boise area.

‘Glastonbury’ is her best-known book, which received the prestigious First Place, Historical Novel, award from the National Federation of Press Women. Readers and reviewers have raved about ‘Glastonbury’, calling it “The best of its kind,” “richly fascinating,” “beautifully researched,” “gloriously evocative,” and “panoramic.” One Amazon reader said, “WHAT a work! Every reader can be enveloped in the sheer scope and quality, every historian be constantly nodding at the precise detail and accuracy, and every Christian can rejoice in the fullness of scripture. For me it is simply beyond descriptive praise. I would urge all who value truth to treat themselves to a feast.”

The Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries is a literary suspense series using literary figures as background: Rudyard Kipling in ‘The Flame Ignites’, Dorothy L Sayers in ‘The Shadow of Reality’, Shakespeare in ‘A Midsummer Eve’s Nightmare’, and Jane Austen in both ‘A Jane Austen Encounter’ and ‘A Most Singular Venture’. Watch for ‘A Prodigious Sum of Corpses: Seeking Sanditon at Jane Austen’s Seashore’, which will take readers to all of Austen’s favorite seashore resorts. Accounts of Crow’s visits to these sites are available on her blog under the heading “Jane Austen Seashore Tour.”

The Monastery Murders Series features atmospheric contemporary crimes with their roots buried deep in the middle ages. Books in the series include ‘A Very Private Grave’, ‘A Darkly Hidden Truth’, ‘An Unholy Communion’, ‘A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary’, ‘An All-Consuming Fire’ and the newly-released ‘Against All Fierce Hostility.’

Where There is Love is a 6-book series of the enduring legacy of love and faith all based on historic people and events. The titles are: ‘Where Love Begins’, ‘Where Love Illumines’, ‘Where Love Triumphs’, ‘Where Love Restores’, ‘Where Love Shines’, and ‘Where Love Calls’.

The Lord Danvers Victorian true-crime series is an Amazon bestseller in the British Detectives category. Books in the series include ‘A Lethal Spectre’, ‘A Most Inconvenient Death’, ‘Grave Matters’, ‘To Dust You Shall Return’ and ‘A Tincture of Murder’. Donna provides a no-charge download of ‘A Tincture of Murder’ for those who sign up for her newsletter. More information is available at her website.

Donna Fletcher Crow’s awards include:

The Dawning Of Peace, of Dreamers and Designers, Book Excellence Award 2023
Where Love Begins, Best Historical Romance, Pinnacle Awards 2019
A Lethal Spectre, Best Mystery, Pinnacle Awards, 2019
Glastonbury, First Place, Historical Fiction, National Federation of Press Women Award of Merit
The Banks of the Boyne, Silver Angel; First Place Historical Fiction, National Federation Press Women
The Fields of Bannockburn, First Place Historical Fiction, National Federation Press Women
Professional Achievement Award, Northwest Nazarene College
Juvenile Books Award of Merit, Idaho Press Women
Top Idaho Author
Pacesetter Award, Mt. Hermon Writers Conference
Outstanding Historical Fiction, Idaho Press Women, National Federation of Press Women,
Idaho Writer of the Year
Best Inspirational Novel, Finalist Romance Writers of America
Writer of the Year, Mt. Hermon Writers Conference

Donna is available for media interviews and can be reached by email at donna@donnafletchercrow.com. All of her books are available at online book retailers. More information, including a no-charge download of ‘A Tincture of Murder’, is available at her website at https://www.donnafletchercrow.com.



About Donna Fletcher Crow:

Donna and her husband live in Boise, Idaho. They have 4 adult children and 15 grandchildren living on 3 continents. Donna is a former English literature teacher and lifelong Anglophile. Idahoans with long memories will remember her as a former Queen of the Snake River Stampede, Miss Rodeo Idaho and runner-up for Miss Rodeo America. She is an enthusiastic gardener.

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