Clifton Taulbert

Building your community

An Evening with Clifton Taulbert:  Building Community from Life to Job,” will showcase Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Clifton Taulbert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Johnson County Community College. 

The interactive presentation will be in Hudson Auditorium at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art on the JCCC campus. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. 

In sharing his experiences as a young African-American in segregated Glen Allan, Miss., Taulbert will discuss with the audience the timeless and priceless importance of family and the building of a supportive community. With that help in place, Taulbert believes it’s possible for people to rise above their circumstances and achieve success. 

He uses his life as an example, since he easily could have failed had it not been for the community of unselfish adults who surrounded his life as he grew up. 

“Never underestimate the value of your presence in the lives of others,” Taulbert said. 

Taulbert’s presentation is preceded by a reception at 7 p.m. in Café Tempo on the first floor of the Nerman Museum. At the conclusion of his talk, Taulbert will sign copies of two of his books in room 212 of the museum. 

Taulbert is the author of “Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored” (available for signing), “Eight Habits of the Heart” (available for signing) and his most recent publication, “Who Owns the Ice House: Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur,” as well as 10 additional titles. 

The message and popularity of his “Eight Habits of the Heart” garnered him an invitation to breakfast with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and her husband and a presentation before the justices of the Supreme Court. 

As president and founder of the Building Community Institute, a human capital development consulting company headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., he speaks across the world on the universal ideas he encountered while growing up in the Mississippi Delta. 

CNN selected Taulbert at the turn of the millennium to represent one of the many voices of community in this country.  He has also served as guest professor at Harvard University and the United States Air Force Academy. 

His awards have included literary recognition from the Library of Congress, the NAACP, and Rotary International. He also has received the Jewish Humanitarian Award of the Year, the NAACP award for contribution to literature, the Richard Wright Literary Award, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his book “The Last Train North.”