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.