James Pennington, Black Abolitionist

with author Christopher Webber
Event detail
Add to my calendar

Learn the incredible story of a forgotten 19th century hero: a former slave who became a Yale scholar, minister, and an international leader of the Antebellum abolitionist movement. James W.C. Pennington, 19 years old and illiterate, escaped from slavery in 1827 and soon became a leading voice against slavery. Pennington traveled widely in Britain and Europe to gain support for the American abolition movement, and wrote the first-ever "History of the Colored People" plus a careful study of the moral basis for civil disobedience, which was echoed decades later by Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

Scholar and local author Christopher Webber will read from his biography, American to the Backbone: the Life of James W.C. Pennington. Copies will be available for purchase & autographing.

Upcoming Events

African American Geneology
Saturday, October 10, 2015, 12:00 pm
Main Library, Computer Training Ctr. 5th Floor
Delicious Desserts: Alice Medrich speaks
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 3:00 pm
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Slavery: Ancient Greece and Rome vs. the American South
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 7:00 pm
Merced, Merced General Floor Area

More related events

Current Exhibits

Internal Reflections
Through Sunday, November 15, 2015
Main Library, African American Center
Take our survey