Hendrix College is set to host a book signing event with local author and Hendrix alumnus Ronnie Williams from 1-2 p.m. on April 8 at the Bailey Library.
Williams, who graduated from college in 1976, will be signing copies of his book “Markham Street: The Haunting Truth Behind the Murder of My Brother, Marvin Leonard Williams” at the event.
The book will be available for purchase and cash and checks will be accepted, but there are a limited number of pre-signed copies available at the event.
“‘Markham Street’ shares his family’s quest for justice following the death of his brother Marvin Leonard Williams, a 20-year-old black paratrooper, who died in police custody in 1960,” said Amy Forbus, Hendrix’s communications director. “More than two decades later, his parents received an eyewitness letter confirming the brutal murder of Marvin at Faulkner County Jail. The book also offers insight into the struggles that black families in the South have faced and continue to face.
Among the many positions he held in Faulkner County, Williams was also the former vice president of student services and institutional diversity at the University of Central Arkansas.