In conjunction with International Education Week, learn about the remarkable story of King Peggy, who went from embassy secretary to reigning chief, on Tuesday, November 13, 12:30 PM, in Harford Community College’s Student Center, Room 243. In addition to the discussion, there will be a book sale and signing.

Working as a secretary at the Embassy of Ghana in Washington, D.C., Peggielene Bartels was told she had been chosen King of Otuam, a fishing village of 7,000 people in Ghana, half a world away. A naturalized U.S. citizen born in Ghana, Bartels had never lived in Otuam; she had visited relatives there from time to time. She was not prepared for the news that she had been chosen to succeed her uncle, the late king. Going back for centuries, all of the kings had been men.

Among her accomplishments as the reigning chief, King Peggy has rebuilt the palace, built a high school, installed a water system, and pledged to empower women to care for their families and communities.

Her story is chronicled in her book, King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village. It was the One Maryland One Book choice in 2013.

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