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Book-Signing and Civil Rights Retrospective

by The Urban News

In celebration of the Greensboro sit-ins on February 1, 1960 that launched the dynamic period of the ongoing US movement for racial justice, Kokopelli’s Daughters will host a book-signing and retrospective event on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 from 1-4 p.m. at Maples Coffee House & Bakery.

Dr. Deborah Louis, author of the only comprehensive history of that movement from 1959-1965 that has been published to date, will sign copies of the 25th Anniversary Edition of And We Are Not Saved: A History of the Movement as People.

The book was originally published by Doubleday in 1970 and taken out of print due to pressure from the Nixon Administration in 1972. It became an underground document, cited by other historians who chronicled that era, until a new little press reprinted it with a second preface.

Dr. Louis is a veteran of the movement for racial justice, serving as organizer and administrator for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in Cincinnati, Jackson, New Orleans, and New York. She worked side by side with Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) field staff and provided documentation that was the basis of Fair Employment and Fair Housing Practices legislation in Ohio. A long-term resident of Yancey County, Dr. Louis now resides in Little Switzerland and manages the 501c3 nonprofit Kokopelli’s Daughters, which will receive proceeds from the event.

The event will also include songs and reminiscences of that era. Anyone who participated in that historic effort is invited to come and share their thoughts and stories. As only a limited (and diminishing) number of copies are available, a donation of $25 is requested per book (book purchase not required for attendance).

Maples is located at 621 Micaville Loop in Micaville, NC 28755. The Micaville Loop is off of 19E between Burnsville and Spruce Pine. Find Maples across the parking lot from the OOAK Art Gallery. For questions or additional information, email Deborah at [email protected]


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