The Long Arc of Freedom Struggles is a discussion of Dan Berger’s latest publication, “Stayed on Freedom: The Long History of Black Power Through One Family’s Journey featuring Professor Dan Berger, Professor Waldo Martin, Professor Ula Taylor, and International Human Rights and Peace Activist Michael Simmons.
- Dan Berger, Professor, Comparative Ethnic Studies and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Scholarship School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, Bothell
- Waldo Martin, Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley
- Michael Simmons, International Human Rights and Peace Activist
- Ula Taylor, Professor, African American Studies, UC Berkeley
A new history of Black Liberation told through the intertwined story of two grassroots organizers. The Black Power movement, often associated with its iconic spokesmen, derived much of its energy from the work of people whose stories have never been told. Stayed On Freedom brings into focus two unheralded Black Power activists who dedicated their lives to the fight for Freedom. Zoharah Simmons and Michael Simmons fell in love while organizing tenants and workers in the South. Their commitment to each other and social change took them on a decades-long journey that traversed first the country and then the world. In centering their lives, historian Dan Berger shows how Black Power united the local and the global across organizations and generations. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews, Stayed On Freedom is a moving and intimate portrait of two people trying to make a life while working to make a better world.