Award Winning Journalist to Speak at Concord, Wednesday, February 18

For Immediate Release: 
Jan 27 2004

Award Winning Journalist to Speak at Concord, Wednesday, February 18

Athens, W. Va. - On Wednesday, February 18, award-winning journalist and former Washington Post reporter, Patrice Gaines, will enlighten listeners at Concord College with a motivational tale of how self-confidence and self-love can save even the most misdirected soul.

Gaines, a black child who grew up in the height of desegregation, questioned her self-worth and became self-destructive. By the time she was 21, she was addicted to heroine and was doing time in jail on a drug charge.

Learning from her mistakes, however, Gaines began a contemplative journey to change. She went to college, became a renowned journalist, and wrote two books, “Laughing in the Dark: From Colored Girl to Woman of Color-A Journey from Prison to Power” and “Moments of Grace.”

Gaines will present her story as well her experience with the judicial and penal system in the Main Theatre of the Alexander Fine Arts Center at 1 p.m. Admission is free to the general public.

For more information contact the Concord College Box Office at 1-304-384-5101 or e-mail

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on Arts.


CONCORD COLLEGE NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5231 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the College on campus.

This press release was written by Heather Flanagan. Heather is from Craigsville, W.Va., and is a junior majoring in communications with a concentration in public relations.