The new St. Augustine Book Club is co-chaired by Dr. Kenneth St. Charles '81, President and CEO and Marketing Director, Melissa Duplantier.
Open to all St. Augustine students, the group will focus on one book per semester and hold regular discussion groups via virtual video conferences.
The club’s first book is Pulse of Perseverance: Three Black Doctors on Their Journey to Success by Joseph Semien Jr. MD, Pierre Johnson MD, and Maxime Madhere MD, is the moving true story of three young men and their refusal to succumb to failure and how, together, they overcame daunting odds to take their place among the just five percent of U.S. doctors who are black. The book was selected because it touches on a number of issues including racism, education, trauma, and family.
“This new partnership with LSU School Of Medicine's Office of Diversity and Community Engagement is something unique during these unprecedented times,” Dr. St. Charles said. “We continue to look for different ways to engage and support our students. This is another great way to foster community among our students and staff, while encouraging reading for leisure at the same time.”
There is no charge for St. Augustine students to join the book club and a limited number of students may borrow the books on a first-come, first-served basis. Funding for 40 copies of Pulse of Perseverance: Three Black Doctors on Their Journey to Success is made possible by LSU School Of Medicine's Office of Diversity and Community Engagement.