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Published on August 17th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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The Brookland Foundation presents Where A Man Stands Book Signing and Reception

West Columbia, SC – The Brookland Foundation enthusiastically invites the community to the book signing and reception for New York Best Selling Author Carter Paysinger and Steven Fenton of Where a Man Stands Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6 p.m. at Brookland Banquet & Conference Center,1066 Sunset Blvd. West Columbia, SC 29169.

Where a Man Stands tells the story of Beverly Hills High School electing its first black principal after 80 years of history, Mr. Carter Paysinger; however this appointment didn’t come without its challenges. Coming from South Central Los Angeles, Carter Paysinger entered the rarified world of Beverly Hills when his determined mother secured a coveted multicultural permit that allowed a few minority kids from less privileged parts of LA to attend the exclusive and predominantly white Beverly Hills High School.

Carter was a fish out of water in three distinct ways:

*a black student in an almost exclusively white school

*a Christian in a predominantly Jewish community

*a boy from the wrong side of the tracks going to school in one of the world’s wealthiest zip codes

But Carter not only survived, he thrived. And during his years as a student, his roots to the school were so deeply planted that after he earned his undergraduate and master’s degree, he returned to BHHS as a coach and teacher, becoming a mentor for innumerable kids in need of a nurturing ear or a shoulder to cry on.

One of those students was Steven Fenton, who bonded with his coach in a deeply profound and meaningful way. Their unlikely friendship buoyed the spirit of both mentor and mentee. But then Steven graduated and many years passed before the two men would see each other again.

During these intervening years, Carter became its most winning and favorite coach. But Beverly Hills High School was having problems, with principals hired and fired and families fleeing the school. As fate would have it, after twenty years apart, Carter ran into Steven and together they found renewed passion and hope to fight for their community. Their first and most important step was Carter applying for the principal position. Both men thought this was a logical career move for Carter and so Steven set out to help Carter secure the position. In a surprising turn of events, they came to learn that the beloved teacher and coach didn’t fit the “profile” for the Beverly Hills image. At that point all hell broke loose.

The book was published November 4, 2014 and has consistently remained on the New York Best Sellers List. The film rights for the book have been purchased by T.D. Jakes; but there is no word on who else might be involved with Jakes in getting the project to the screen, and whether it’ll be for TV or theaters.

All the proceeds from this event will benefit The Brookland Foundation’s Health & Wellness Program Project Young Athlete –a program that offers free sports physicals to middle school students participating in school-based or community team sporting activities; as well as Brookland Foundation’s Tutorial Program, which provides after school tutoring for students grades 1 -12, Monday & Thursday from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Brookland Lakeview Empowerment Center.

For more information or to register for this momentous occasion please visit brooklandfoundation.org or call (803) 744-7914.

About The Brookland Foundation
The Brookland Foundation is a community-based, non-profit organization established in 1994 to extend outreach efforts to the Greater Columbia community. Recognizing a spiritual mandate to improve the community, the members of the Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia authorized an initial $100,000 endowment to establish the Foundation. The mission of the Brookland Foundation is to improve the lives of people by developing and promoting efforts to enhance their spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and economic well-being.

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