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The Forgotten First:
B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy

"thoroughly researched and beautifully written. . ."
Stephen E. Smith in O.Henry magazine

Media Events & book publicity
April 17, 2014 -- 7 p.m. at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
This reading to benefit the Eastern NC Foodbank will feature the six creative writing faculty from ECU's English department reading from their original work: Luke Whisnant, Amber Flora Thomas, John Hoppenthaler, Liza Wieland, Bob Siegel, and Alex Albright, who will read excerpts from The Forgotten First.

April 22, 2014 -- 1:30 p.m. at Craven Community College, New Bern, NC
B-1 vet Abe Thurman and Alex Albright will discuss The Forgotten Firston the second floor in Barker Hall, Craven Community College's library.


Greenville (NC) Daily Reflector, February 1, 2014: Read it!
by Ginger Livingston with photos by Aileen Devlin
This article was subsequently picked up the Associate Press and other press and internet news agencies and has since appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington (DC) Times, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, New Pittsburgh Courier, Kansas City Star, Charlotte Observer, Raleigh News and Observer, Greensboro News and Record, Rocky Mount (NC) Telegram, Sanford (NC) Herald, Stars and Stripes, NC News Feed, US News/Consumer Reports, schema-root.org: in support of global democracy, and World News.com.

New Bern (NC) Sun Journal, January 29, 2014: Read it!
Article & photos by Charlie Hall

Carolina CoastOnLine, January 16, 2014: Read it!

Frank Stasio's interview with author Alex Albright and B-1 vet Calvin Morrow on WUNC Radio's The State of Things, which was broadcast live from Greensboro on December 13, 2013: Listen to it.

Media Events & book publicity
past events
October 9, 2013
Lagniappe lecture by author on B-1 at National World War II Museum, New Orleans, LA

October 14, 2013
Author discussion about B-1 at Chalmette High School, Chalmette, LA

December 13, 2013
Publication party at Scuppernong Books, 302 E. Elm St., Greensboro
With author and B-1 vet Calvin Morrow.

Calvin signs another copy.

Dec. 17 -- 7:30 p.m.
Book signing at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, with author.

Dec. 21 -- 2:30 p.m.
Book signing at University Book Exchange in Greenville, with author, designer Eva Roberts, and B-1 vet Huey Lawrence.

The afternoon's treat was Huey Lawrence (pictured below) sitting in on a tune with the Quincy Jones Trio. Also as part of this event, ECU historian John Tucker, who signed copies of his two local history books, one on ECU and the other on John Kennedy's 1960 campaign travels in NC.

January 17, 2014 -- 4 p.m. -- FREE!
Book signing & reception at the DoubleTree Hotel, 100 Middle St., New Bern, with author and B-1 vets Huey Lawrence and Abe Thurman.

Read the January 18, 2014 article about the reception in the New Bern Sun Journal. Also honored at this event was Tony Moseley, who was the first African-American officer-rated Marine--all part of a weekend's Jazz Holiday that honored Dr. Martin Luther King.

Where to find copies of The Forgotten First
Follow this link to the R.A. Fountain estore
also at Amazon.com
University Book Exchange, 516 Cotanche St., Greenville, NC
Woodside Antiques, 3760 S. Main St., Farmville, NC
Fountain General Store, 6754 E. Wilson St., Fountain, NC
Quail Ridge Books, 3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC
Scuppernong Books, 302 E. Elm St., Greensboro, NC

Call 252.749.7974 for further information.

Index Click to access an index to The Forgotten First.

"Notes on sources" is under construction.

The Forgotten First is one of 38 books named as finalists for the 2014 Montaigne Medal, presented annually to two or three of the "most thought-provoking books" published in the U.S. during the past year that "illuminate, progress, or redirect thought." The Montaigne is one of a series of Hoffer Awards, which were established in 2000 to "honor freethinking writers and independent books of exceptional merit." Award winners will be announced later in April.

Steven Case, in the latest North Carolina Libraries Association Online, writes that the The Forgotten First "provides a detailed and fascinating portrait of the pressures for change brought to bear by respected opinion makers, such as James Shepard, C.C. Spaulding, and Frank Porter Graham, who each sought in varying ways to use the crisis of the war as an avenue for social change." The author "skillfully pilots the reader through an intimate portrait of the band members as they negotiated their way through the complexities in service to a military that treated them as second class citizens." And he concludes that The Forgotten First is "highly recommended for collections focused on North Carolina, military history, and any collection on the history of race relations and integration."

December 2013 O.Henry reviews The Forgotten First
Stephen E. Smith's review in the December issue of O.Henry magazine calls The Forgotten First a "comprehensive study of the forgotten B-1 band" that "places in perspective North Carolina's current social and legislative struggles to overcome the vestiges of racism." The book, he notes, is "thoroughly researched and beautifully written."

Read the rest of Smith's review (which is also published in December issues of two other magazines, Salt, from Southern Pines, and Pinestraw, from Wilmington), and an excerpt from The Forgotten First in the online version of O.Henry.