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Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wm Monroe Trotter Talk

An online conversation with Kevin Peterson and Dr. Kerri K. Greenidge, “Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter”

We are pleased to announce that Kerri K. Greenidge, winner of the 2020 Mark Lynton History Prize for her biography on Boston’s William Monroe Trotter, will be our first speaker in the Black Author’s Series, hosted through the New Democracy Coalition’s Civic Literacy Project.  Register to attend.

Kevin Peterson, Founder and Executive Director of The New Democracy Coalation, will interview Dr. Kerri K. Greenidge about her NYTimes top book of 2019, “Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter” (Liveright, W.W. Norton).

William Monroe Trotter (1872– 1934), though still virtually unknown to the wider public, was an unlikely American hero. With the stylistic verve of a newspaperman and the unwavering fearlessness of an emancipator, he galvanized black working-class citizens to wield their political power despite the violent racism of post- Reconstruction America. For more than thirty years, the Harvard-educated Trotter edited and published the Guardian, a weekly Boston newspaper that was read across the nation. Defining himself against the gradualist politics of Booker T. Washington and the elitism of W. E. B. Du Bois, Trotter advocated for a radical vision of black liberation that prefigured leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. Synthesizing years of archival research, historian Kerri Greenidge renders the drama of turn-of-the-century America and reclaims Trotter as a seminal figure, whose prophetic, yet ultimately tragic, life offers a link between the vision of Frederick Douglass and black radicalism in the in the modern era.

“Black Radical opens up a rich seam of inquiry that persists to this day, about the tug-of-war between reformers and radicals, and whether victories that seem purely symbolic at first can ripple out into real-world effects later on.” – New York Times (Times Critics Top Books of 2019)

The event is FREE and open to everyone, but registration is required.


September 24
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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New Democracy Coalition
(617) 506-9028


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