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City of Arlington’s first African American Mayor Releases Memoir

On December 22, 2011

City of Arlington’s first African American Mayor Releases Memoir

Count My Blessings BookARLINGTON, TEXAS – Elzie Odom, the City of Arlington’s first African American Mayor, announces the release of his memoir entitled, “Counting My Blessings”, a historic compilation of his life, spanning eight decades through key milestones in our nation’s history.

An official book launch celebration is scheduled for Friday, December 30, 2011, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Elzie Odom Athletic Center, 1601 Northeast Green Oaks Boulevard, in Arlington. The event is free. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase on site for $12.

Odom, now 82, the descendant of a slave, wrote “Counting My Blessings” to show how a life of gratitude, courage and determination multiplies to produce blessings, despite obstacles. The book includes a first-hand view of Odom’s ascent from a small community of Shankleville, in Southeast Texas, to become mayor (1997 – 2003) of what is now the third largest city in North Texas.

“This memoir is not about my accomplishments”, Odom said. “It’s about what God accomplished through me as I surrendered my life to him.”

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The book was published by AuthorHouse and is available online for $12 at and Barnes &

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