PRESS MEMORANDUM - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Third World Press
773-651-0700, ext. 25
CHICAGO – (Jan 7, 2009) – Veteran political activists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn will be speaking on their newest book, Race Course: Against White Supremacy at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at International House, 1414 E. 59th Street, Chicago. Publisher Haki R. Madhubuti will also speak about publishing the book, which he helped inspire the former Weather Underground founders to write.
In Race Course: Against White Supremacy, white supremacy and its troubling endurance in American life is debated as the dominant political system in the United States since its earliest days—and that it is still very much with us. The discussion points to unexamined bigotry in the criminal justice system, election processes, war policy, and education. The book draws upon the authors' own confrontations with authorities during the Vietnam era, reasserts their belief that racism and war are interwoven issues, and offers personal stories about their lives today as parents, teachers, and reformers.
Says poet and novelist Marge Piercy: "At a time when Americans are congratulating themselves on electing the first African American president, this is an important book that traces the history of endemic racism here and its current manifestations not in airy generalizations but in concrete stories, episodes, facts. Anyone who believes we have become colorblind ought to read this. It is a vehement call to change the way we think, speak and act about race in America."
Race Course: Against White Supremacy is now available in hardcover ($27.95) and paperback ($19.95). The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact 57th Street Bookstore at (773) 684-1300, or Third World Press at (773) 651-0700.
Bill Ayers is a distinguished professor of education and a senior university scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher and Fugitive Days, a memoir about his life with Bernardine Dohrn. Bernardine Dohrn is the director of the Children and Family Law Justice Center and a clinical associate professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law. She is the co-author of A Century of Juvenile Justice and Zero Tolerance. They live in Chicago.
Third World Press has been dedicated to publishing culturally progressive and politically insightful works of fiction and non-fiction since 1967.