Liberty alumna and professor Jamaica Johnson Conner wrote the book so children can experience the iconic images, places and ideals that make Liberty “the world’s most exciting university.”
In 1971, Reverend Jerry Falwell realized his dream of establishing a Christian college in Lynchburg, Va. as a ministry to people who wanted to receive a quality education in a Christian environment. During that first year, 154 students attended Lynchburg Baptist College. Over the years, the school grew, becoming Liberty University, and in addition to the ministry and education offered, students could also participate in competitive sports teams, known as the Flames, and other extracurricular activities. Forty years later, the school boasts 12,561 resident students, more than 61,000 students in the online program, and a variety of accredited academic programs. Liberty is now a destination, as well, hosting concerts and events and featuring a variety of facilities for the community to enjoy. Not only has Dr. Falwell’s dream come true and surpassed its origins, but it also served as inspiration for Liberty graduate, Jamaica Johnson Conner, to realize her own dream of writing a children’s book based on Liberty and featuring its beloved eagle mascot, Sparky.
For more information about Sparky’s ABC Adventure and sneak peeks of the illustrations, check out the blog: http://adventureswithsparky.wordpress.com/
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