Community Book Discussion: Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around


The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites the community to participate in the July 2018 Community Book Discussion featuring Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith edited by Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks. The Community Book Discussion is an intergenerational discussion facilitated by Mary Foltz, Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University

As an organizer, writer, publisher, scholar-activist, and elected official, Barbara Smith has played key roles in multiple social justice movements, including Civil Rights, feminism, lesbian and gay liberation, anti-racism, and Black feminism. Her four decades of grassroots activism forged collaborations that introduced the idea that oppression must be fought on a variety of fronts simultaneously, including gender, race, class, and sexuality. By combining hard-to-find historical documents with new unpublished interviews with fellow activists, this book uncovers the deep roots of today’s “identity politics” and “intersectionality” and serves as an essential primer for practicing solidarity and resistance.

Reviews of Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around:

"A wonderful read on solidarity, resistance, and outsider politics." -- The Advocate

"Barbara Smith is everything. So is this book ... [it] challenges us all to dig deeper in our work and never stop pursuing actual, authentic liberation." -- Autostraddle

"Barbara Smith is a creator of modern feminism as a writer, organizer, editor, publisher, and scholar. Now she has added to her decades as an activist outside the system by becoming an elected official who truly listens, represents, and creates bridges to a common good. She has shown us that democracy is a seed that can only be planted where we are." -- Gloria Steinem

Community Book Discussions at The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are made possible thanks to sponsorship from Lehigh University's Humanities Center, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Pride Center, and Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative

The first ten people to sign up can email [email protected] to receive a free copy of the book

July 11, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8pm
The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple St
Allentown, PA 18101
United States
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