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Meet the Author

April 25, 2024
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dave Markward | From Dubuque to Selma and Beyond: My Journey to Understand Racism in America

@ Beaverdale Books

Embark on a transformative journey with Dave Markward as he transitions from an upbringing in an almost exclusively white community to a life enriched by diversity in From Dubuque to Selma and Beyond: My Journey to Understand Racism in America.

Intertwining Dave’s personal growth with significant historical events and figures, this remarkable work delves into the heart of America’s racial divides. Through thought-provoking questions at the start of each chapter, Dave challenges readers to assess their own understanding of racism and their progress to understand and value diversity. His heartfelt narration and candid reflections on his experiences make this journey relatable, inspiring, and deeply enlightening.

This book is a must-read for those yearning to understand the complex fabric of American racism and seeking inspiration to effect change. Whether you’re an educator, student, or simply someone who values social justice, Dave’s journey is a testament to the power of learning, reflection, and the human spirit. Let it guide you on your path to racial enlightenment and unity.

Dave Markward has dedicated his professional life to public education, serving as a trusted source of knowledge for five decades. After graduating from Dubuque Senior High School and Augustana College (Illinois), Dave earned two advanced degrees from Western Illinois University and a doctorate from Illinois State University. He started his career as a junior high school science teacher, then served as a coach, principal, school district superintendent, college instructor, and educational consultant. His first book, Free the Teachers: A Guide to Joyful Teaching and Learning, is dedicated to productive education reform. In his latest work, From Dubuque to Selma and Beyond: My Journey to Understand Racism in America, Dave delves into the complex world of racism. His memoir is a testament to his unwavering belief in humanity and the power of education to effect change.

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