Dan Berger | Stayed on Freedom: The Long History of Black Power through One Family's Journey


Tue Feb 07 2023 at 07:30 pm


Free Library of Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA

Cost: FREE
In conversation with Michael Simmons
Dan Berger is the author of the James A. Rawley Prize winning Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era, an “illuminating” (The Nation) reevaluation of 20th century African American activism through the prism of mass incarceration. A professor of comparative ethnic studies and associate dean for faculty development and scholarship in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell, he has published op-eds and other work about critical race theory and social justice in a variety of newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. In Stayed on Freedom, Berger tells the story of the until-now unheralded husband and wife Black Power activists Zoharah Simmons and Michael Simmons.
Alongside his wife and countless other organizers and activists, Philadelphia-raised Michael Simmons has fought for social justice and human rights for more than 55 years. His work includes time with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, imprisonment for draft resistance during the Vietnam War, assistance in the fair housing movement, and participation in the anti-Apartheid Movement. He is now the EuropeanPrograms director for the American Friends Service Committee.
Masks are welcome but are not required.
Books will be available for purchase at the library on event night.
A book signing will follow the presentation.
Books provided by Uncle Bobbie's Coffee and Books

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