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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Central Baptist Church, Kingsport To Host “Raising My V.O.I.C.E” Author Jeffery Faulkerson

Two area singers also scheduled to perform at event

Kingsport, TN – The Kingsport Cultural Diversity Team will sponsor a special event to promote Jeffery A. Faulkerson’s new book Raising My V.O.I.C.E. (Verbalizing Orderly Impressions through Creative Endeavors). Faulkerson is a 1986 graduate of DobynsBennett High School, who also earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The Raising My V.O.I.C.E. Tour event will be held at Central Baptist Church (301 Carver Street in Kingsport on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. It is the first in a series of informal assemblies that Mr. Faulkerson is using to engage audiences in candid conversations about functional families, racial reconciliation, civic engagement and collective prosperity.

Up and coming gospel recording artists Laynnetee Bly Alley of Church Hill and Huetta
Jane Collre Isom of Johnson City are also scheduled to perform. The duo recently had a successful audition with representatives from Blackberry Records, a Jackson,
Mississippi-based recording label.

The event will be somewhat of a homecoming for Faulkerson. He was baptized at
Central Baptist Church by former pastor Frederick Gordon in 1977, when he was nine
years of age.

Jeffery A. Faulkerson, MSSW Raising My V.O.I.C.E. (Verbalizing Orderly Impressions through Creative Endeavors) is a collection of writings that chronicles Mr. Faulkerson’s sixteen-year quest to understand why Americans focus so much on their differences, not enough on their similarities. It is a book that pulls from the headlines of yesterday and today, offering sound advice to Black Americans for how they can prosper individually and collectively through their love of God and neighbor. Ultimately, Raising My V.O.I.C.E. is one man using the power of
the pen to prompt serious dialogue about the issues that bind us.

The self-published title – produced and distributed by Infinity Publishing – will be
available for purchase and signing at the event.

Jeffery A. Faulkerson is the Founder, President & CEO of PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS, a
faith-based social service practice with for-profit offerings in communications/media relations and nonprofit offerings in parent education and support, postsecondary advising and planning, and conference planning, coordination and implementation. A stay-at-home parent since August 2005, he has dedicated himself to "promoting functional families through words and deeds."

Raised by his single-parent mother in one of Kingsport, Tennessee’s poorest
communities, Mr. Faulkerson graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1986 to
earn both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of
Tennessee, Knoxville in 1991 and 1998, respectively. He has over 16 years of
professional experience in nonprofit administration and direct service delivery to children and their parents.

Jeffery A. Faulkerson has been a born-again Christian for over 30 years. He has been
happily married to his wife Regina for over 14 years, and is the proud father to three-year-old Caleb. He and his family currently reside in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

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