Deval Patrick, the sitting Governor of Massachusetts and a Chicago native, discusses and signs his memoir A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life. In January 2007, Deval Patrick became the first black governor of the State of Massachusetts. That was just one triumphant step in a long, improbable journey that began on the South Side of Chicago. From a chaotic childhood to an elite boarding school, from relief work in Africa to the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies and then to a career in politics, Patrick has led an extraordinary life. In this inspirational book, he pays tribute to the family, friends, and strangers who, through words and deeds, have instilled in him transcendent lessons.
Recorded Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at the Harold Washington Library Center.