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Author's Jamaican roots find fertile ground in Columbia

Author's Jamaican roots find fertile ground in Columbia

Ricardo Rowe calls two places home — his adopted hometown of Columbia and his birthplace in Hanover, Jamaica.

To give back to both communities, the Oakland Mills resident has undertaken two wildly different projects.

Rowe has penned an autobiography that uses his life story to build a case for Columbia as the ultimate model of what a city can be. Meanwhile, he’s embarked on project to install miniature lending libraries on posts in impoverished areas of his homeland.

Rowe will give a 90-minute talk at 7 p.m. Thursday at the county’s Central Branch Library on “From Sugar Cane to Cotton: My Jamaican American Transition,” in which he writes about social issues such as...

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