ALTON — Eugene Jordan Sr. of Alton will sign copies of his book, “Son of the South,” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Second Reading, 16 E Broadway.
“Like many sons, I was born on a hot August day in a small Southern town located deep in the Southeastern Arkansas Delta,” Jordan said in a press release. “Having grown up in a harsh poverty-stricken environment in the early 1950s and abandoned by my father at an early age, it was a job just to survive.
I invite you to walk in my shoes as I paint my recollections of the most brutal penal institution located just miles from my home. Walk with me through the snake-infested rice patties and the blistering heat prone cotton fields where I worked for wages so low I could barely afford to buy food to eat.”
The book also touches on overseas military experiences and Jordan’s participation in the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 16, 1995.