Portion of Book Sales to Support Maya Angelou Research Center

May 26, 2005

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will benefit from the sale of a new book by Craig Marberry, author of “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats.”

“Cuttin’ Up: Wit and Wisdom From Black Barber Shops,” is a book of essays and photographs of African-American barbers, their businesses and their customers.

“For years, the barber shop has been a community meeting place for African-Americans and not just a place to get a hair cut,” said Kristy F. Woods, M.D., director of the Angelou Research Center. “Public health educators have found barber shops to be an invaluable resource for sharing information on health and wellness to hard-to-reach segments of the African-American community. We feel honored that Mr. Marberry chose our research center to benefit from the sale of his book.”

The Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health was established to close the gap in health, quality of life, and lifespan differences between minority populations and the general population.


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About Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: Wake Forest Baptist is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. The system comprises 1,197 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.

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