A People’s History of Self-Determination

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Author/Scholar Herb Boyd

Leads Talk and Book Signing on

Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination

Friday, November 3rd

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On Friday November 3rd, the 9th Annual Sembène Film & Arts Festival will present the prolific author Herb Boyd for a book signing and talk on his latest book, Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination.  The program begins at 7:00 pm at the City of Asylum, 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Admission is free but you must RSVP at Alphabet City.

Black Detroit is a groundbreaking history of the struggles and resilience of African Americans from the city’s birth two hundred years ago until the present.  Boyd explores the important contributions that many well-known individuals, institutions, and events –  such Mayor Coleman Young and the automobile plant’s labor struggles –  made to Detroit’s black experience.

Black Detroit has received rave reviews in the Washington Post, on C-Span, at The Charles Wright African American Museum, and other prominent venues.  Kirkus Reviews said Black Detroit is an “inspiring, illuminating book that will interest students of urban history and the black experience.”

Herb Boyd is a journalist, activist, professor and author or editor of twenty-five books, including his latest, The Diary of Malcolm X, edited with Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter.  He teaches African American history and culture at the City College of New York in Harlem, where he lives.

Herb Boyd’s talk and book signing is part of a four-day engagement with the 9th annual African Film Festival that begins Thursday, November 2nd and runs through May 2018.