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.
- 50th Commemoration of the Bayview Uprising 1966
- Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 3:00 pmBayview, Bayview Meeting Room
- Intersecting Film, Music and Queerness
- Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:30 pmMain Library, Latino/Hispanic Rms A & B
- Low Energy Radiation from Our Home and Media Appliances
- Sunday, October 9, 2016, 1:00 pmMain Library, Latino/Hispanic Rms A & B