‘It’s a Tab Time:’ JSU welcomes best-selling author, actress and personality Tabitha Brown for sold-out book tour

By William H. Kelley, III

Jackson State University’s (JSU) Department of English and Modern Languages (EML), Mississippi Book Festival, Lemuria Books, and Visit Jackson welcomes #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author Tabitha Brown for her highly anticipated “I Did A New Thing” Birthday Tour. The sold-out evening will celebrate Brown’s release of her fourth book ‘I Did a New Thing: 30 Days to Living Free’ at the Jackson Convention Complex on Feb. 5 at 7 pm.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Tabitha Brown to Jackson for her birthday tour and the release of her book “I Did A New Thing,” said Ebony Lumumba, Ph.D., chair for the Department of English and Modern Languages. “The Department of English and Modern Languages is dedicated to supporting programming that brings writers, creatives, and storytellers to our city and campus. Jackson and JSU both have such a rich legacy in the literary arts. We want to showcase that to the world.”

In 2014, the actress and social media personality challenged herself to try something new every day for 30 days. The challenge was simple. Every day, she would do something she had never done before. Brown says this challenge has helped define her self-worth and path to living freely in the last decade.

Her birthday wish is to share her gratitude with her loving supporters this February. Brown’s birthday is Feb. 4, and the “Tab Time Birthday celebration” Tour kicked off in Red Bank, New Jersey, on Jan. 30 and ends in Dallas, Texas, on Feb. 9.

Readers can learn how to become the best person they wish to be from “America’s Mom” every year when they blow out the birthday candles, with an inspirational guide for encouraging positive changes one day and one challenge at a time.

“We look forward to celebrating Ms. Brown’s birthday and working with her to showcase Jackson and JSU. I’m particularly grateful to our partners in this event – Lemuria Books, the Mississippi Book Festival, and Visit Jackson – for their unwavering support of the event and our department’s efforts. This slate of supporters truly demonstrates the spirit of community that exists in our city,” Lumumba said.