Author of Powerful New Book on Race Relations in America Dr. Arnette

For Immediate Release

Contact:         Beatrice Davis, 312-933-5744 or

Author of Powerful New Book on Race Relations in America

Coming to Atlanta for Book Signing, Presentation

I Am Supposed To Be Here chronicles experiences growing up in Texas


Dallas—Oct. 14, 2015—The first African American man to receive a Ph.D. in Cellular Regulation from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center will be in Atlanta on Wednesday, October 28 sharing his story of the race-related challenges and perceptions he faced growing up.

Dr. Donald Arnette chronicles the difficulties and challenges he faced in his new book, I Am Supposed To Be Here. The book is a powerful examination of how, as a young African American, he was racially profiled by law enforcement and government agencies, leading to an unjust arrest and incarceration. His conviction was overturned following a lengthy legal battle with the state of Texas.

The release of I Am Supposed To Be Here comes as people around the United States are increasingly concerned at unfair profiling and targeting based on race and neighborhood. In his compelling narrative, Dr. Arnette speaks directly about negative perceptions and stereotypes in the hope his experiences will help others confronted with similar obstacles and challenges.

What:              Book Signing & Presentation by Dr. Donald Arnette, author of I Am Supposed To Be Here

When:             Wednesday, October 28, 2015

                        6:00 p.m.— 9:00 p.m.

Where:            Oglethorpe University (Trustee Room)

                        4484 Peachtree Road NE

Atlanta GA 30319

Who:               Open to the public

Host:               Joe Sutton, News Editor & recipient of two Peabody Awards

Entertainment, food and drinks will be provided.

Note to Atlanta Media:

Dr. Arnette is available for broadcast and print interviews before, during and after his visit to Atlanta.

Please contact Beatrice Davis at 312-933-5744 or to schedule.

About Dr. Donald Arnette

Dr. Donald Arnette was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1973. In 1979, his parents relocated to the Dallas, Texas area, where he currently lives with his wife and three children.  He attended the University of North Texas where he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology in 1997.  Dr. Arnette went on to further his education and was accepted at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. It was there that he also performed research projects at Yale School of Medicine. In 2005, he received a Ph.D. from UT Southwestern Medical Center, where he was the first African American male to receive a Ph.D. from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology (DCMB). Nobel Prize winning physicians, Drs. Mike Brown and Joel Goldstein, led his post-doctoral fellowship in Cardiology, with the department of Human Growth and Development.

Dr. Arnette has committed countless hours researching why cardiovascular disease is more prevalent in minority communities. From 2005 to 2007, he worked with the Dallas Heart Study and the American Heart Association. Dr. Arnette also led the Genetics of Longevity in African Americans Study. He currently serves as a Senior Medical Liaison with Amgen Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Arnette has professionally devoted his life to serving patients by helping develop more effective drugs with minimal side effects.

Since 2010, Dr. Arnette has been drawn to motivational speaking and mentoring both the local youth and professional athletics in the Dallas metro area. He relates to his audiences by being transparent about his trying journey to success. His purpose is to change both the perception and reality of those who hear him. It is his drive for empowering and motivating others that commissioned him to write his first book entitled I Am Supposed To Be Here – The Art of Dealing with Perceptions. In the book, he shares his personal story of triumph over adversity and misconceived perceptions while pursuing his childhood dream of becoming a doctor. Dr. Arnette’s mission for writing, I Am Supposed To Be Here is threefold: To expand the perception of how young people identify success; to offer positive methods for dealing with those in authority; and to share effective practical concepts for overcoming personal adversity.

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