Voorhees celebrates National Library Week with its 11th Annual Book Fair

April 9, 2013

Voorhees College will celebrate National Library Week with a nationally-recognized doctor, a storyteller and an authentic steel drummer. The presenters will be participating in Voorhees College's 11th Annual National Library Week Book Fair Thursday, April 18 in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center.  

Dr. Sampson Davis, who famed actress and talk-show host Oprah Winfrey named one of "The Premiere Role Models of the World," will be the featured author presenting at 11 a.m. Dr. Davis was raised as the fifth of six children in Newark, N.J. growing up in cramped living quarters, surrounded by fragmented families, crime and drugs.  

Although living in one of New Jersey's poorest cities, Dr. Davis' life was changed when he met two fellow students while attending University High School. Dr. Davis, along with his two friends, Dr. Rameck Hunt and Dr. George Jenkins, made a promise to become doctors. That pact was successfully fulfilled, and today, Dr. Davis is a board-certified emergency medicine physician at St. Michaels Medical Center in Newark and traveling the country delivering keynote speeches with timely messages. Additionally, together the three doctors co-authored continuing best-sellers, "The Pact" and "The Bond."  

Dr. Davis has appeared on numerous talk and radio shows including "Oprah," "The Today Show," "The View," "Michael Baisden Radio Show," "Tavis Smiley" and "NPR." He was honored in 2000 with the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award and was honored at the 2009 BET awards.  

In February 2013, he released his newest book, "Living and Dying in Brick City An E.R. Doctor Returns Home." The book discusses Dr. Davis' experiences as an ER physician, and it offers preventative guidance as a means of supporting healthier communities.  

Prior to Dr. Davis' presentation, a storyteller, Minerva King, will be kicking off the book fair at 9 a.m. Born in Charleston, King was educated in the public schools there. She received the Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Miss. and continued her education at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in Alabama and Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. She received the Master of Science degree in library science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. In 2007, she received national board certification in the area of library media.  

King is a member of the South Carolina Association of School Librarians, Charleston County Association of School Librarians, the American Library Association, National Storytelling Association, National Association of Black Storytellers, the Back Porch Storytellers and the South Carolina Storytelling Network.   

Following King's presentation, authentic steel drummer, Ephraim of Rythmtrail will perform at 10 a.m. Ephraim Adams is a musician who has been dedicated to playing the steel drum for more than 18 years. Not only is he a player, but he is also an accomplished arranger. He was taught to play the steel drum while attending Bishops' High School in the late 80's.  

In 2003, Adams and his family immigrated to the United States from Guyana and brought his rich culture of music. His love and zest for music has inspired him to diversify and further explore the possibilities of preserving and promoting "pan music."  

The book fair is free and open to the public. Books∙A∙Million will be this year's primary book seller and will provide a variety of books for sale.  More than a dozen South Carolina authors and writers will also participate in this event, and they will sell and autograph their works. 

For more information on this event, contact Marie Martin, librarian/professor, and Teesa Brunson, communications director, at 803-780-1194 or at