Rondo Community Library is delighted to host Melvin Carter Jr. for a special evening Author Talk and Book Signing surrounding his recently published book Diesel Heart: An Autobiography.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the talk will begin at 6 p.m. Mr. Carter will have copies of his book available for sale after the presentation and will be available for signing copies. This program is co-sponsored by Minnesota Historical Society Press.
Melvin Whitfield Carter Jr., the father of St. Paul's current mayor, is a true son of Rondo, the city's storied African American neighborhood. He was born in a city divided along racial lines and rich in cultural misunderstanding. Growing up in the 1950s and '60s, he witnessed the destruction of his neighborhood by the I-94 freeway—and he found his way to fighting and trouble.
But Carter turned his life around. As a young man, he enlisted in the US Navy. He used his fighting ability to survive racist treatment, winning boxing matches and respect. And as an affirmative action hire in the St. Paul Police Department, facing prejudice at every turn, this hardworking, talented, and highly principled officer fought to protect the people of the city he calls home.
Diesel Heart is the story of a leader who created a powerful family legacy by standing up for what is right, even in the face of adversity.