Ricky Dickerson of Bastrop had a book signing for his book, “Puff Ditch,” during the signup day for the Morehouse School Reunion.
In his book, Dickerson focuses on his early life in Bastrop during and after integration and was written in memory of Charles Ross Strickland, a former band leader and teacher in Morehouse Parish. Strickland is memorialized in the text as a man who sacrificed himself to support his students.
"He was so kind-hearted — the thing that emanated from him was that he had your best interests at heart," Dickerson said. "We didn't have much growing up in that era. Mr. Strickland kept us out of trouble really, and he did a lot for us. He sacrificed so much for us to get music, cases and instruments and teaching us. That's all we had."
During the book signing, Dickerson also had a copy of his petition out for Strickland's name to be added to the Willie Fitch Memorial Stadium at Morehouse Junior High. He said he is hoping to collect between 1,000 and 2,000 signatures.
“I have close to 300 signatures so far,” Dickerson said at the beginning of the book signing. “That's why I'm here. That's what is important. This is where I hope to get most of my signatures, but I'm not going to stop until I get to 1,000.”
A copy of the petition is at A&C Quick-Pac in Bastrop and "Puff Ditch" is currently available for purchase at A&C Quick-Pac, Arnett's Jewelry and Anytime Fitness in Bastrop as well as online at Amazon.com.