Parker comes home for a book signing

Dr. Parker, members of Kappa Alpha Psi and other friends at FNB&T, from left, seated, Mary Esther Bolden, Lois Gandy, Barbara Poole Harris, Dorothy McCorvey, Mildred Jackson, Sylvia Parker (Dr. Parker’s wife); standing Alfred Johnson, Brandon Harvey, David Quarker, Mayor Jim Staff, Archie Jackson, Dr. Max Parker,
Ben Harris, Vinson Bradley, Johnny Pleasant, W.J. Grissett, James Cox, Ullysses McBride, Willie Montgomery, Willie Banks.

When a successful person remembers where they came from and they come back, it’s a good time for everybody – former teachers, classmates, old friends and new.

Such was the case Friday, April 13, when Dr. Woodrow “Max” Parker returned to Atmore to hold a book signing at First National Bank & Trust. From the time he sat down at 10 a.m. to sign his first book until he finished that afternoon, he had a steady stream of folks dropping by to purchase a signed copy of his book and to say hello.

As he said, it was a “tremendous event. Beyond my imagination!”

His latest book is The Real Education of Sweet Papa T. In Dr. Parker’s words: “Within all of my life experiences, whether positive or negative, lies the potential to learn valuable lessons. Through strength found in family, friends, and faith, a young black man rose from poverty, hopelessness and invisibility to academic excellence and professional productivity. Book centered learning certified him to make a living whereas his real life experiences taught him how to live.”

In 2011, Dr. Parker was inducted into the Atmore Area Hall of Fame. He and his wife Sylvia live in Gainesville, Fla.

The FNB&T folks were great hosts, from left, Marketing Director Brandy Giger, President Glen Davis, Dr. and Mrs. Parker.