Everybody Wins! DC (EW!DC) hosted local author and Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard, Shameen Anthanio-Williams, at Savoy Elementary School for a reading event Wednesday, February 24. At the event, Anthanio-Williams present 132 copies of her book, Little Erroll: The Story of Admiral Erroll M. Brown, First Black Coast Guard Admiral, to the school and read the story to a group of about 50 third graders. The books were donated by friends and family of the author.
Lieutenant Commander Anthanio-Williams began the event by asking the students questions about their future. "How many of you have dreams?" she asked. "How many of you want to go to college?" Nearly every student's hand shot up, eagerly participating.
In her first published book, Anthanio-Williams shares the story of Admiral Erroll Brown and the path he took to become the U.S. Coast Guard's first black admiral. The biography details his challenging childhood and the importance of hard work and determination to overcome obstacles.
The author explained that Admiral Erroll was never afraid to ask questions and she urged the students of Savoy to do the same. "Anytime you're sitting in class and it's something you find confusing, don't ever be afraid to ask questions," she said.
Savoy third grader, Isaiah, said he took away an important message from Admiral Erroll's story. "Whatever you're going to dream about, you need to believe in yourself," he said.
Erica, 8, agreed with her classmate. "It taught me a life-lesson: never give up!"
Before she left, the author gave the students two pieces of advice: "One, don't ever give up on your dreams," she said. "And two, know that you all have a purpose in life. No matter how hard life gets, you have a purpose."
Born and raised in Bronx, New York, Shameen Anthanio-Williams attended the LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts and Performing Arts where her creativity thrived. She was later awarded an appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where she graduated and received her commission in 2000. Currently, Lieutenant Commander Anthanio-Williams resides in Spencerville, MD with her family.
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