Coleman to speak at LWB

Staff Writer

Robert Kenneth Coleman is bringing his new novel "The Thirteenth Juror" to Luncheon With Books at noon, Thursday, August 10, at the Bryan Public Library. Luncheon With Books is sponsored by Friends of the Library. Lunch will be provided with a $6 donation to Friends.

"We are always happy to have first time authors come to talk to us about their book," Lucille Armstrong, president of Friends said. "Robert Coleman has some strong familial times to West Point and we are very excited to have him visit with us"

Robert Kenneth Coleman was born at home in the Montpelier community and later moved as a child with his family to Okolona. He was a graduate of Okolona High School; He continued his education and obtained a BBA degree from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and the Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law of Sanford University. He served as District Attorney for the Third Circuit Court District of Mississippi from 1976 through 1986, when he was appointed Circuit Court Judge of the same severn county district where he served in that capacity until his retirement in 2002. Coleman then served as a Senior Status Circuit Judge from 2002 - 2016.

His novel "The Thirteenth Juror" is set in a rural Mississippi county know as Colfax, during the 1960s. The book is a fictional account of the way things were during the sometimes turbulent and troublesome times of the "Civil Rights Era" in the south and Mississippi.

This is a story of two men, one black, one white, and their associates who were influenced by the changing times of that era. These two men sought to bring a sense of togetherness among members of all races in Colfax County. The book depicts their struggles, successes and failures in the endeavor to prove that differences between black and white are only skin deep..

Coleman will have his book for sale and he will be available to sign copies at the Bryan Public Library, during Luncheon With Books. .