Local author of A Chance in the World – a soon-to-be major motion picture – will be on campus as part of Massasoit’s One Book, One College program.

9781595552631.jpgThis spring semester, Massasoit Community College offers as its One Book, One College selection, A Chance in the World by Steve Pemberton. The final event of the One Book, One College program will be held on March 30 with author-led book discussions at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. followed by a keynote presentation by the author entitled “The Advantage of Disadvantage: How to Transform Adversity Into Action” at 2:30 p.m. All events will be held in the Anna P. Buckley Performing Arts Center on the Massasoit Brockton Campus and are free and open to the public.

Steve Pemberton, born Steve Klakowicz, was born to a black father who was later murdered and an alcoholic white mother. At the age of three, Steve was removed from his home along with four of his surviving brothers and sisters and placed in the foster care system of Massachusetts. He never saw his birth mother again. After suffering from extensive physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his foster parents, he earned a full scholarship to attend Boston College, where he later served as assistant director of undergraduate admissions.

Mr. Pemberton currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer at Walgreens, Inc.; he is the first person in the company’s history to hold this position. He lectures frequently on issues related to diversity, dealing with difficult challenges, and child advocacy. Steve’s autobiography, A Chance in the World, details his childhood abuse, his search for his family, the bittersweet reunions with those he located, and his ongoing struggle to solidify his personal identity.

One Book events throughout the semester included a kick-off event on Monday, January 30 which included an Art Exhibit, “Of Many Colors: Portraits of Multi-Racial Families” and a talk from Professor Aviva Rich-Shea about her work with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, which oversees foster care in the state. There was also a student writing contest, several book discussions, and a college-wide children’s book drive.

For more information on One Book, One College, please visit the Massasoit Library website.