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Dr. Grace Virtue Pens Provocative Tale of Modern Mothering
Howard University Bookstore Hosts signing on Oct. 15, 4:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON (Oct. 1) – Abortions are wrong, Mommy, right? Should gay people burn in hell? Do you know why I only wear jeans to school? How will I know my parents when I get to Heaven?

How Will I Know My Children When I Get to Heaven? A Mother’s Tales of Hope offers a blunt critique of child rearing in America in the 21st century from the unique perspective of a single, immigrant mother and writer raising two daughters in Montgomery County, Md.

Grace Virtue, Ph.D, is the executive communications manager and senior writer in the Office of University Communications. A double alumna, she earned her masters and doctoral degrees from Howard University.

E. Ethelbert Miller, award-winning poet and author of two memoirs, Fathering Words and The Fifth Inning describes Virtue as a “new world” woman raising her children outside their native culture. “Her journey is that of a person learning how to be fierce as well as compassionate,” says Miller, director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University.

Books will be available at the Howard University Bookstore (HUB) and on on October 14. The HUB will host a signing event with the author on Oct. 15, 4:30 p.m..

Children and the environment, sexism, racism, multiculturalism, abortion rights, gay rights, unmarried motherhood, media influences, obesity, body image, America’s education system, the role of faith and other issues impacting the lives of the modern family, all come under the writer’s insightful gaze.

A former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and fellow of the Inter-American Press Association, Jamaican-born Virtue was cited by the Washington Post in 2003 as among the best educated immigrants in Montgomery County, Md.

The book is geared toward parents generally, but particularly at mothers and women of all ages.

David R. Woods, retired associate dean, John H. Johnson School of Communications Howard University says Dr. Virtue’s work is the most exciting book he has read since The Infidel. “Her insights are original and always stimulating,” Woods says.

For more information about Grace Virtue and her work, go to

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