Bettye J. Williams, an author and retired educator, will sign copies of her book, “The Pioneers, Early African American Leaders in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, 1833-1892.”

The author conversation and book signing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the auditorium of the Department of Human Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Williams retired from UAPB in 2012 after 43 years of teaching literature, grammar and rhetoric, according to a news release.

All proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Oak and Ivy African American Museum & Cultural Center, which will be built on U.S. 79 South. A 2020 Capital Campaign Drive is underway to benefit the building, according to the release. Details: Bettye J. Williams, or 870-718-0191.