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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Oacar De Priest Hand, Sr.  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1932 in Belmont, North Carolina

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Illinois Connection

Oscar receivedhis BA from Northwestern University in Chicago and his MA from Governors state University.

Biographical and Professional Information

With his co-author, Elaine Roberts, they have bi-annual magazines honoring un-sung heroes; they do fact tours and make global dvd's for children. As authors they write African Americans History books to express how our people lived under stress, hardship, lynching and humility.

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Titles At Your Library

Footprints on the Rough Side of the Mountain: An African-American Niche in the History of a Southern Textile City
ISBN: 0965615502

Belmont Community Fellowship Service. 1997

The co-authors had the burning desire to preserve the legacy of blacks in this small southern textile city. As preparations were being made for the city s centennial celebration, it was evident that their history would be lost completely forever. Many footprints of contributions they had made in building the city of Belmont, NC were visible, but there we no feet in them. No faces of the invisible blacks who were the muscle behind the money that built Belmont could be seen. Great pride in their rich heritage emerged as the authors plunged into a seemingly hopeless effort to put the pieces of history together, mostly through extensive interviews since nothing had been written about them before. This book chronicles that history from 1895 to 1995. Finding one ancestor who was born on a slave ship coming to America was a fascinating moment. The book is dedicated to her. Here the lives of a proud people, their hopes, dreams and successes unfold. Every facet of their lives is covered. Religious, economic, educational and social. Also how they handled the Civil Rights movement. Although the ancestors had little or no formal education they worked hard and encouraged their descendants to excel academically. A survey of the graduates of the segregated Reid High School showed that they were engaged in all areas of occupations in spite of major adversities and second class citizenship. Their creative talents are far-reaching. The authors hope this first historical study will inspire the younger generation to continue to preserve the history by filing in the gaps and adding to it as they move into the twenty-first century.

Needs Of A Man And A Woman

. 2012

The co/authors had a desire to write this book as a wake up call for everybody to "smell the coffee" there is no sleeping late in bed.
All men and women need to be nourished with love and understanding sometimes in life. We all need someone that we can lean on for the soothing of our soul. This book is intended to lift up your spirit.
Read about the hurts females hide inside while they stand tall in the storm. Read about the hidden tears that touch females deep down in their soul.
Oscar wants you to know that in the spirit and love of all relationships, Almighty God is part of our lives.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contace Oscar by phone at 773-981-0643 or fax at 773-651-0643