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ISHMAEL REED to speak at the African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library – Sunday, July 25, 2010

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San Francisco Public Library | Koret Auditorium

Main Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Ishmael Reed will read from and discuss his latest book, BARACK OBAMA AND THE JIM CROW MEDIA: The Return of the Nigger Breakers, on Sunday, July 25, 2010 at the African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library starting at 2 p.m.

Under slavery, “nigger breakers” had the job of destroying the spirits of tough black men by whatever means necessary. At age 15, Frederick Douglass was sold to Edward Covey who had the mandate to break him. Ishmael Reed makes the case that President Barack Obama is being assailed by 20th-Century descendants of Covey. In a series of essays written during the 2008 primaries and after Obama’s election, Reed describes how Obama’s opponents and some supposed allies use modern reincarnations of those same ugly demons to break him. What’s more, statements and alliances he made during the campaign and in office have made him easy prey. A book sale will follow the reading.

Sunday, July 25, 2010; 2-4 pm

Koret Auditorium, Main Library, Lower Level. 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA

spkr-icon Listen to Ishmael Reed’s conversation with Aimee Allison on KPFA’s The Morning Show

• Jill Nelson talks to Ishmael Reed in THE DEFENDERS ONLINE, organ of the NAACP’s legal defense fund

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Photo © Vicenzo D’Alto/MontrĂ©al Gazette

• “Taking on the Jim Crow Media” – MontrĂ©al Gazette


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