Richard D. Ashe collects alumni writings in new compilation

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‘Under the Magnolia Tree’ contains motivational writings by Stillman College, HBCU alumni

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Ashe likens his book to a cake with many ingredients that make up a “delightful and tasteful experience”

Author Richard D. Ashe collects the writings of multiple Stillman College alumni and those of other historical black colleges and universities in his new motivational self-help book, “Under the Magnolia Tree” (published by AuthorHouse).

In this compilation of prose, poetry, quotations, photography and inspirational writings, Ashe and his fellow alumni paint a picture of the diverse student body and faculty of Stillman College and other HBCUs.

“Although some of the experiences may have been typical or unique on some college campuses, the book is also filled with dramatic, motivational, inspirational and historical themes, photos of yesteryear students and beauty queens,” Ashe says. “The personal, humorous and confrontational experiences are breathtaking.”

Ashe likens his book to a cake with many ingredients that make up a “delightful and tasteful experience” for readers. Two poems in particular, he says, serve as healing instruments and tributes to those affected by Hurricane Katrina and the murder of 92-year-old Kathryn Johnson by Atlanta police officers during a 2006 drug raid.

“A part of life is learning how to live, give, forgive, learn, educate, motivate, enjoy and share the gifts that we possess,” Ashe says. “Therefore, I believe that readers will reflect on each subject in a personal way and be motivated to do something positive.”

“Under the Magnolia Tree”
By Richard D. Ashe, Ph.D.
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 344 pages | ISBN 9781496970480
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 344 pages | ISBN 9781496970497
E-Book | 344 pages | ISBN 9781496970473
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Richard D. Ashe is the author of four books: “Under the Magnolia Tree,” “Poetic Expressions,” “Morning Time,” and “Soulful Poetry.” He earned his bachelor’s degree from Stillman College, his master’s degree from Indiana University, his educational specialist degree from the University of Alabama and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is also the author, director and cast member of the comedy and spiritual plays, “Judgment Day at Pearlie Gate Court” and “Satan Tries to Sabotage Goodness.”

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