"How We Fight White Supremacy" w/ Akiba Solomon & Kenrya Rankin in convo w/ Asali Solomon

Please join us for a reading and discussion with
who will be in conversation with ASALI SOLOMON!


“The primer America needs right now!”—Michael Eric Dyson

“A brilliant, beautiful, and politically urgent text.”—Marc Lamont Hill

“A timely and important work to support, educate, nourish, and sustain us all in resisting the lethal effects of white supremacy.”—Kimberlé Crenshaw

White supremacy defines our reality. It is not simply an idea. It is not an idle threat. It is not espoused by a few, but embraced by the many. It is an entire political, cultural, and economic system that takes on an infinite number of forms—but it is not unbeatable.

As Colorlines editors Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin show in HOW WE FIGHT WHITE SUPREMACY: A Field Guide to Black Resistance, Black Americans subvert and resist life-threatening forces as a matter of course every day, inching all of us closer to collective freedom as a result. Their book is a celebration of this resistance—a documentation of the unique and varied ways that Black Americans across the country are speaking truth to power. Within its pages, 60-plus leading writers, organizers, artists, publishers, comedians, preachers, and poets offer wisdom on how they fight for freedom and justice—and ideas for how each of us can further our own causes.

Readers will meet activists both famous and unsung, working on issues as varied and intersectional as police violence, body image, reproductive justice, and so much more. Akiba and Kenrya discuss movement-building with #MeToo founder Tarana Burke; break down how humor fortifies them for the fight with Damon Young; talk style and shade with Michael Arceneaux; learn about cross-generational activism and knowledge sharing from Harry and Gina Belafonte; and envision a future where we are all free with Alicia Garza.

This is just some of the brilliance contained within the pages of HOW WE FIGHT WHITE SUPREMACY. It is a must-read for anyone new to resistance work—the recently “woke”—and for the next generation of leaders building a better future. It is an inspiration and a field guide, with Black Americans leading the way forward.

AKIBA SOLOMON is the senior editorial director of Colorlines and an NABJ Award-winning journalist and editor whose writing on culture, race, gender, and reproductive health has appeared in EssenceDissentGlamourVibe, and Ebony, among other outlets. She is the co-editor of Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts. Solomon has spoken about women’s and social justice issues at institutions including the Schomburg Center, Stanford, Yale, and Harvard. A graduate of Howard University, she is based in New York.

KENRYA RANKIN is an award-winning author, journalist, editorial consultant and the editorial director at Colorlines. Her work has appeared in dozens of national publications, including the New York TimesGlamourReader’s Digest and Fast Company. She is the author of four books, including Bet on Black: African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in the Age of Barack Obama. A graduate of Howard University and New York University, she is based in Washington, D.C.

ASALI SOLOMON is the author of the novel Disgruntled. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and was selected as a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” for the stories in her first book, Get Down. She is an associate professor of English at Haverford College, where she teaches creative writing and literature of the African Diaspora.

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781568588490
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bold Type Books - March 26th, 2019