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Sen. Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist, publishes memoir; children’s book to follow

(AP) — U.S. Sen. Raphael G. Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, is Georgia’s first Black senator. His memoir, “A Way Out of No Way,” will be released this week. In the fall he’ll have a children’s book based on his growing up as one of 12 siblings.

Warnock’s autobiography is being published June 14 by Penguin Random House. Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, announced Thursday that Warnock’s “Put On Your Shoes and Get Ready!” will be published Nov. 15. TeMika Grooms will provide illustrations for the children’s book.

“Growing up, my father told me and my siblings, every day, that we had to put on our shoes and get ready for what was in store,” Warnock, a Georgia Democrat who is running for re-election, said in a statement. “Whether it was church shoes on Sundays or basketball shoes for my brother, cheerleading shoes for my sister, or marching band shoes for me, no matter what else was going on, we put on our shoes and went out into the world and made things happen.”

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