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Darnell L. Moore: Coming of Age Black & Free in America
June 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$12 - $15
KPFA Radio 94.1FM and Marcus Books present
DARNELL L. MOORE
“No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America”
Hosted by Greg Bridges
wheelchair access advance tickets: $12 : : T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, KPFA benefit
What happens to the black boys who come of age in neglected, heavily policed, and economically desperate cities that the War on Drugs and mass incarceration have created? How do they learn to live, love, and grow up? Where should they turn when history rejects their very existence? Darnell explores these questions in NO ASHES IN THE FIRE. When Darnell Moore was fourteen years old, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they assumed he was gay, and poured gasoline on him. He barely escaped with his life. On many other occasions there were terrifying confrontations, including some within his family…
Three decades later, Moore is an award-winning writer and activist, a leader in the Movement for Black Lives, and a tireless advocate for justice and liberation. No Ashes in the Fire is his compelling account of how that bullied, frightened teenager not only survived, but found such a unique calling. An editor-at-large at the content distributor Urban One, and a columnist at Logo, Darnell L. Mooore describes his bold, candid memoir as “snapshots of my life” molded by forces of “brutality, poverty, and self-hatred.”
Darnell L. Moore (born in 1976 in Camden, NJ) is an American writer and activist whose work is characterized by anti-racist, feminist, queer, and anti-colonial thought and advocacy. His essays, social commentary, poetry and interviews have appeared in various national and international media venues, including The Feminist Wire, Ebony Magazine, and The Huffington Post.