1998. Campus Theme:"Why We Can't Wait." Patricia Gaines' first book, 1994's Laughing in the Dark: From Colored Girl to Woman of Color--A Journey from Prison to Power, expanded on her spoken recollections to become an inspirational autobiography. Career highlights: Journalist and public speaker. Washington Post, Washington, DC, journalist, 1985--; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, presenter of "It Happens Here: Oppression, Drugs, and Self-Discovery, " 1997; also worked for other newspapers, including The Charlotte Observer and The Miami Herald.