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On the Freedom Side


Feb 27 2020


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Regulator Bookshop

720 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

Community & Scholars - Wesley Hogan

Wesley Hogan with D’atra Jackson

Community & Scholars Speaker Series

The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Wesley C. Hogan, Director of the Center for Documentary Studies, for a reading and signing of her new book, On the Freedom Side: How Five Decades of Youth Activists Have Remixed American History. Hogan will be joined in conversation by social activist D’atra Jackson. As Hogan sees it, the future of democracy belongs to young people. Beginning with reflections on the inspiring example of Ella Baker and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s, Hogan profiles youth-led organizations and their recent work. As Hogan reveals, the legacy of Ella Baker and the civil rights movement has often been carried forward by young people at the margins of power and wealth in U.S. society. This book foregrounds their voices and gathers their inventions — not in a comprehensive survey, but as an activist mixtape — with lively, fresh perspectives on the promise of twenty-first-century U.S. democracy.

Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Regulator Bookshop, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, and the Center for Documentary Studies.


Wesley Hogan

Duke University

Wesley Hogan is Research Professor at the Franklin Humanities Institute and History at Duke University. She writes and teaches the history of youth social movements, human rights, documentary, and oral history. Her most recent book, On the Freedom Side, draws a portrait of young people organizing in the spirit of…...

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D’atra Jackson

D’atra “Dee Dee” Jackson (she/her) is an organizer, trainer, big sister, and godmother of four. Born and raised in Southwest Philly, she moved to Durham from Miami. She attended Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the oldest historically black institution for higher learning, where she obtained her B.S. in Recreation & Leisure Management, and Florida International University…...

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