Byline: Charlie Patton
After 42 years on the faculty of Howard University, Jacksonville native Frederick Harper retired this spring.
On Saturday, Aug. 4, the 69-year-old graduate of Northwestern High School and Edward Waters College will be honored at a dinner at the University Club that will also serve as a fundraiser for Edward Waters.
He'll also do a book signing at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Crowne Plaza Hotel for his new book, a novel titled "The Durabone Prophecies." In the novel, psychologist Franklin Durabone, after a near-death experience, decides to write a book based on the prophetic visions of his mother, "Mama Durabone." who sees alternative destinies for Earth and the human race.
"The main message is we need to focus on saving ourselves as a species," said Harper, himself a counseling psychologist.
While at Edward Waters, he did a teaching internship under Rutledge Pearson, the civil rights leader for whom a Jacksonville school is named. Harper then spent a year teaching at what was then known as Stanton Vocational High School on Ashley Street. Then he went to Florida A&M University, where he earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling. …