Former PB resident to present book review at FBC


Ruth Roberts, a former Pine Bluff resident, will present, “My Beloved World”, written by Supreme Justice Sonia Sotomayor, during the book review at 10 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St.

Sotomayor, in her memoir “My Beloved World”, gives a candid account of her journey from the Bronx housing project, where she was born, to her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. She is the first Hispanic and the third woman to achieve this honor.

Her childhood was fraught with endless difficulty. The more her father, a hopeless alcoholic, drank the more her devoted but over-burdened mother screamed. Sotomayor took refuge from the turmoil at home with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother, who showered her with affection. At age 8, when Sotomayor was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, both parents refused to give her the essential insulin shots. Her father was unsteady from his alcoholism, and her mother lacked the nerve.

With only television characters as role models, Sotomayor was determined to become a lawyer. Her dream sustained her on an unlikely course from valedictorian of her high school class to the highest honors at Princeton and Yale Law School. Thereafter, she served as a New York County district attorney, in private practice, and in an appointed position in Federal District Court, before her appointment to the Supreme Court. Through her still-astonished eyes, this book reveals the infinite possibilities available in America through committed hard work and determination.

Roberts is former Pine Bluff High School English teacher and English professor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She retired as an adjunct professor of the rhetoric and writing department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is a former active member of First Baptist Church and author of the book, “A History of First Baptist in Pine Bluff.” Since retiring, she continues to write, read, travel and enjoy opportunities of spending time with her children and grandchildren and is actively involved at Immanuel Church in Little Rock.

The public is invited to attend this free event. Door prizes and refreshments will be furnished following the review.