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July 13th, 2011 By | News | Posted In: Homelessness, Community, Not-for-profit

Homeless Man-Turned-Author Holds Signing

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A man who was once homeless and relied on the Drop Inn Center in Over-the-Rhine for shelter will return there later this month to sign copies of his recently released autobiography.

Donald Whitehead Jr. will sign copies of his book, Most Unlikely to Succeed, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 29 at the shelter. The Drop Inn is located at 217 W. 12th St.

The book chronicles Whitehead's journey from his days as a student at Hughes High School, where he was class vice president, homecoming king and voted "most likely to succeed,” to grappling with a substance abuse problem and living on the streets of Cincinnati. After successfully completing the Drop Inn Center’s recovery program, Whitehead went on to a successful career in Washington, D.C. In 2000 he was elected board chairman for the National Coalition for the Homeless, the first formerly homeless person and first African-American to hold the job.

Whitehead remains a board member for the national coalition. Also, he was appointed by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley as a commissioner on the State Drug Alcohol and Abuse Council, and appointed by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake to the Leadership Advisory Group for the Journey Home, which is implementing Baltimore’s 10-year plan to end homelessness.

Copies of Whitehead's book will be on sale at the signing for $14.95. Thirty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Drop Inn Center.

For more information, call (513) 721-0643.

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