Memorial Star

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Special Agent Edwin R. Woodriffe was one of the first African-Americans to integrate the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under J. Edgar Hoover, in the 1960s. On January 8, 1969, while attempting to apprehend an escaped fugitive, he and partner Anthony Palmisano were mortally wounded, making Woodriffe the first African-American FBI agent to be killed in the line of duty. In a time of racial unrest and civil uprising, the event stunned both the Department of Justice and the American people, and inspired one of the most massive manhunts in the history of the nation's capital. This is the true account of Edwin Woodriffe's life...the story behind the headline.  

Lee Woodriffe found her love of writing while majoring in journalism and communications at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has worked in radio and television and is an entrepreneur and actress. In her spare time, she is an avid cosplayer, world traveler, and devoted pet parent. She believes that God placed in her spirit the task of writing her father's story and thanks the many people who have helped to keep her father's memory alive. She resides in Atlanta, GA.  

Upcoming Events

Brooklyn Book Signing March 15, 2020
Sun, Mar 15
2 Jefferson Ave (St Peter Claver)
Mar 15, 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
2 Jefferson Ave (St Peter Claver), 2 Jefferson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
Brooklyn Book Signing Saturday, March 14, 2020
Sat, Mar 14
2 Jefferson Ave (St Peter Claver Church)
Mar 14, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
2 Jefferson Ave (St Peter Claver Church), 2 Jefferson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
Author Book Signing
Fri, Feb 07
Takoma Station Restaurant
Feb 07, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Takoma Station Restaurant, 327 Cedar St NW, Washington, DC 20012, USA
Come on out for First Friday and meet author, Lee Woodriffe. Purchase your limited edition autographed copy (while supplies last). See you there!
Speaking Engagement at FBI Headquarters
Fri, Feb 07
Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquar
Feb 07, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquar, 935 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20535, USA
Lee Woodriffe will be the featured speaker at the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This is a restricted access engagement.
Televised Interview
Fri, Feb 07
Feb 07, 9:30 AM
WJLA, 1100 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209, USA
Lee Woodriffe shares the life of her father, FBI Special Agent Edwin R. Woodriffe. Joining her on set will be two former FBI agents who worked alongside Woodriffe in Washington during the 1960s.
Author Book Signing
Thu, Feb 06
Olivia Restaurant
Feb 06, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Olivia Restaurant, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Come out and celebrate the first public author book signing. Ask questions and find out additional information not included in the book!
Televised Interview
Wed, Jan 15
FOX 2 News
Jan 15, 10:00 AM
FOX 2 News, 16550 W Nine Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48075, USA
Lee Woodriffe joins her brother, sports announcer Woody Woodriffe, on the set of The Nine on WJBK Fox 2 Detroit.


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