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Local Black History Month – Elzie Odom

On February 9, 2012

Local Black History Month – Elzie Odom

Former Arlington Mayor, Elzie Odom’s, book to be featured at Local Black History Month Events

ARLINGTON, 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 black history. Odom, now 82, the descendant of a slave, will be honored by religious, community and educational leaders throughout February in celebration of Black History Month.

  • Feb. 11th , Guest speaker, Arlington Public Library Main Branch
  • Feb. 12th , 9 a.m. – Honored guest, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Arlington  Feb. 16th – 6:30 p.m. – Honored in special reception at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Dallas; returns on Sunday, Feb. 19th at 10:45 a.m. worship service to deliver the morning message
  • Feb. 18th, 11:30 a.m.– Keynote speaker, The University of Texas at Arlington’s Black Leadership Institute
  • Feb. 22nd , 9 a.m. – Guest speaker, The University of Texas at Arlington’s African Studies Class, University Hall
  • Feb. 23rd , noon, Keynote speaker, Tarrant County College SE Campus Black History Month Luncheon
  • Feb. 25th at 1 p.m. – Arlington Public Library SE Branch Black History Month Festival
  • Feb. 26th , 9:30 a.m. worship service – Guest speaker, Camp Wisdom United Methodist Church, Dallas, Mayor Odom will deliver the morning message
  • Feb. 28th 6pm, Sam Houston High School’s Black History Month Celebration honors local living legends, Arlington
  • Feb 29th at 12 noon, Minority Leaders & Citizens Council Luncheon, Community Christian Church, Fort Worth

ABOUT THE BOOK “Counting My Blessings” is a first-hand view of Odom’s ascent from a small black community of Shankleville, in Southeast Texas, to become mayor (1997 – 2003) of what is now the third largest city in North Texas. The book includes details of Odom’s triumph over racial and ethnic barriers to become the “first black…” in several career and elected positions:

  • The first black elected school board official in Orange County, Texas. He later helped desegregate the schools;
  • The first black postal inspector in the State of Texas, one of only five in the nation;
  • The first and only black elected to serve on Arlington City Council. Served as Mayor from 1997 – 2003.

The book was published by AuthorHouse. Autographed copies will be available at all events for $12.

ELZIE ODOM BIO To access Elzie Odom’s Hall of Mayors’ bio, click here .

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