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Tacoma Arts Community Center
1102 S 11th St, Tacoma, WA 98405
Sponsored by Social Justice Fund NW.

The Black Power movement is often associated with iconic spokespeople, but its momentum was due, in part, to the work of those with untold stories. UW-Bothell Professor and historian Dan Berger’s new book Stayed On Freedom: The Long History of Black Power through One Family’s Journey focuses on the story of Zoharah Simmons and Michael Simmons: two unheralded, grassroots Black Power activists who dedicated their lives to the fight for freedom.

Michael Simmons will join author Dan Berger for a discussion about his life and the recently released book, moderated by Social Justice Fund NW Executive Director Valériana Chikoti Bandua Estes.

Dan Berger is professor of comparative ethnic studies at the University of Washington Bothell. He is the author or editor of several books and curates the Washington Prison History Project. His most recent book is Stayed on Freedom: The Long History of Black Power Through One Family’s Journey, just published by Basic Books.

Michael Simmons has been a domestic and international human rights activist for 60 years. Beginning as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and later as Director of European programs for the American Friends Service Committee, Michael’s work has taken him to Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. For 18 years, he co-founded and ran the Ráday Salon, an independent human rights learning and discussion program in Budapest, Hungary. He also taught courses on African American History and US Elections at the Budapest campus of McDaniel College.

Additional Venue Details

Parking: Street parking is available.
Refreshments: Light snacks and refreshments will be served.
RSVP: Due to the size of the venue we will only be able to seat around 60 people so please RSVP.
Covid Protocols:  Please plan to attend wearing a mask and show your Covid vaccination card.