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    African American History Month celebrated during Lubin House event

    March 23, 2011

    Cheryl Wills, the award-winning New York 1 News anchor and reporter who now adds author to her list of achievements came to Lubin House to discuss her new book Die Free: A Heroic Family History.

    Die Free is the true story of Wills' journey as she sought to trace her family lineage and discovered that her great-great-great grandfather, Sandy Wills, proudly and courageously served in the Civil War as a member of the United States Colored Troops. "It's empowering to know that one of your fathers did something so amazing, and so powerful," says Wills. "This book is finally honoring him, and indeed, the entire African American experience. Where the unsung heroes, they should be recognized for the wonderful things they've contributed to the United States of America."

    Wills' use of a gospel choir during her program ensured the audience stayed engaged from start to finish. Indeed, the energy of spiritual music filled the Pergament room and had attendees clapping along. The half hour discussion was followed by and a Q & A session and book signing.

    The event was presented by The Office of Program Development, in association with the Friends of Syracuse University and the Latino Alumni Network of Syracuse University.