Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author at the NAACP Image Award Nominee Dwight Fryer - A Class Act with a Great Book
A special note from Dwight Fryer:
The award for Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author at the NAACP Image
Awards eluded me; however, the week end experience was nothing short of
wonderful for my wife and me. Actor Hill Harper won for his delightful book,
Letters To A Young Brother. The book has received strong reviews and would be a
great gift to any person, not just the youthful males in your life.
My employer, FedEx hosted my wife and I along with a contingent of FedEx customers, employees, and guests at the Image Award Show in Hollywood. FedEx was a premier sponsor of the NAACP Image Awards show and events. The NAACP Image Awards was a great opportunity to advocate two of the several things I am most passionate about: FedEx and telling stories via my literary pursuits. It was a privilege and great blessing to be able to do both simultaneously.
Paperback: 384 pages
I met approximately two dozen FedEx customers during the weekend with our
initial meeting being at a reception and book signing FedEx sponsored to
commemorate my nomination for an Image Award.. I spoke at the event on what it
has been like to be a FedEx employee for twenty-four years. We signed and
presented one hundred and twenty-five copies of The Legend of Quito Road to
attendees during this event and over the weekend. Many of these FedEx customers
have International applications within their operations and these customers will
be a great outlet for me and the International Marketing team to which I belong
to gain further insight into how we can design solutions that meet the needs of
users of FedEx International solutions.
My publisher Linda Gill, General Manger of Kimani Press, a division of Harlequin, CA. also attended the reception and book signing that FedEx sponsored on Thursday, March 1 and the Image Awards show. I am very grateful for the support of the team at my publisher, including the staff and my peer authors that write for Harlequin.
The NAACP Image Award events for FedEx customers, guests, and staff were superbly planned and executed by the Emerging Markets team at FedEx. FedEx deservedly won numerous points with our customers and others that witnessed how this entire event was run and how supportive the entire organization has been during the process of the publication of my novel, The Legend Of Quito Road. I am humbled by the support of the FedEx leadership team and many of its two-hundred and seventy-five thousand employees and contractors. I am a proud FedEx'er who has worked for the company twice during twenty-four of the past twenty-six years.
Left to right, Dwight Fryer, Linda Gill - General Manager of Kimani Press, a division of Harlequin, CA, and Tamika and Bobby Quillard of Quillard, Inc., designers of the cover of The Legend Of Quito Road.
Here's a snapshot of a few of the folks I met during the weekend that know a part of my story and know that FedEx supported my efforts:
|Soledad O'Brien from CNN (also a recipient of an Image Award)|
|Julian Bond, Chairman of the NAACP|
|Bruce Gordon, President of the NAACP (until the announcement of his resignation over the weekend)|
|Ann Curry, (news anchor at the TODAY Show on NBC and an Image Award nominee)|
|Ed Gordon, Talk show host on NPR and formerly of BET|
|Clayola Brown, Chair, NAACP Image Awards Committee|
|Glenn Turman, Actor (he and I both agree that he looks just like Gillam Hale from Legend)|
|Nancy Lane, Image Awards Vice Chairman|
|Charles "Chuck" Whitehead, Image Awards Vice Chairman|
|Karen Boykin-Towns, Image Awards Vice Chairman|
|Willis Edwards, NAACP Board Member|
|Bishop William H. Graves, Presiding Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church|
I want to thank you, my readers and encouragers, for your support. Thanks for
forwarding this note to others that you think will enjoy hearing about a great
employer and one of its blessed employees Dwight Fryer. Also, thanks for
continuing to spread the word about The Legend of Quito Road. Remember, "the
worst things wrong with most of us were planted there by those who love us the
Plant a good seed and look for a bountiful crop. God bless! Take care and be safe.
38th NAACP Image Awards by Kam Williams (includes all Book Nominees)
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