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Greene's book celebrated during library reception

When the three local Delta Sigma Theta scholarship recipients head off to college in the fall, they'll be taking a little piece of Joseph Greene with them.

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Ruth Knox shakes hands with Joseph Greene during his book-signing Sunday.

Georgia Hobbs, who represented the sorority during a reception for Dr. Greene at the Thomson-McDuffie County Library Sunday, said each student would receive a copy of the McDuffie County man's memoir, From Cotton Fields to Board Rooms.

"We believe his story will encourage them as they pursue their college education," she said.

More than 100 people gathered Sunday to celebrate the release of the book, which chronicles Dr. Greene's journey from the cotton fields of Emmanuel County to the boardrooms and classrooms of the nation.

"I read it in one sitting," said First Bank Vice Chairman Patrick G. Blanchard. "It just captured me so much, I just couldn't put it down."

During Sunday's event - which was sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, First Bank of Georgia, Friends of the Library and Springfield Baptist Church - Dr. Greene read excerpts from his book and thanked everyone for their support. He especially commended his wife, Barney.

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Dr. Greene answers a question Sunday.

"We took the minister seriously when he said 'Til death do us part.' If she's willing, I'm willing to sign up for another 43 years."

He also reflected on his life and said he was blessed with a loving heart and is not bitter about his travails. He said he made a decision early on to effect change from the inside.

"No matter how loud the voice, it is seldom heard in the boardroom unless you are sitting around the table," he said.



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