Texas Southern University alumna Dr. Shelly McKinley is celebrating the release of her new book “From Wed to Widow” with a book signing in the Third Ward / Museum District on Sunday.

She is proud to be hosting the event near her alma mater, Texas Southern University.

McKinley was once a struggling student on the campus of TSU.

After failing yet another assignment in Organic Chemistry, she decided to ask the smartest guy in class, Marvin McKinley, to tutor her.

That turned out to be the start of something special.  After graduation, the two went out on a date, which led to a 20-year marriage and two handsome sons.  Sadly, things took a tragic turn when her husband died.

Even though she was overcome with grief, Dr. McKinley decided to turn her pain into purpose and help others like her, who were dealing with the loss of a loved one.

“I had a choice between staying in my sadness or moving into peace. I chose peace,” McKinley said.

She wrote “From Wed to Widow” because she understands firsthand the difficulty of processing and living through grief.

Through her book, she provides guidance to her fellow widows and reminds them of God’s word.

From Wed to Widow: A Guide to Self-Care, Self-Love, and Self-Discovery is now available for purchase on Amazon and at various bookstores, including Barnes and Noble.  The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at Unwine Wine Bar located at 4420 Almeda.