On the Other Side of Freedom:
The Case for Hope
in conversation with AYANNA PRESSLEY
There will not be a standby line for this event
September 25, 2018
7:00 PM ET
(Doors at 6:30)
Old South Church
645 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
There will not be a standby line for this event.
Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed civil rights activist and community organizer DERAY MCKESSON—host of Pod Save the People—for a discussion of his debut book, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope. He will be joined in conversation by Boston City Councilor AYANNA PRESSLEY, the Democratic nominee to represent Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District in Congress. She will be the first woman of color to represent Massachusetts in Congress.
Books included with tickets are pre-signed editions of On the Other Side of Freedom, specially bound by the publisher. This event does not include a book signing, and the author will not be personalizing copies of the book. In lieu of personalization, there will be a photo line after the event.
We unfortunately will not be able to accommodate orders for signed books. Additional copies of On the Other Side of Freedom will be available for purchase at the event but will not be signed.
About On the Other Side of Freedom
In August of 2014, twenty-nine-year-old activist DeRay Mckesson stood with hundreds of others on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, to push a message of justice and accountability. These protests, and others like them in cities across the country, resulted in the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. Now, in his first book, Mckesson lays out the intellectual, pragmatic political framework for a new liberation movement. Continuing a conversation about activism, resistance, and justice that embraces our nation's complex history, he dissects how deliberate oppression persists, how racial injustice strips our lives of promise, and how technology has added a new dimension to mass action and social change. He argues that our best efforts to combat injustice have been stunted by the belief that racism's wounds are history, and suggests that intellectual purity has curtailed optimistic realism. The book offers a new framework and language for understanding the nature of oppression. With it, we can begin charting a course to dismantle the obvious and subtle structures that limit freedom.
Honest, courageous, and imaginative, On the Other Side of Freedom is a work brimming with hope. Drawing from his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckesson exhorts all Americans to work to dismantle the legacy of racism and to imagine the best of what is possible. Honoring the voices of a new generation of activists, On the Other Side of Freedom is a visionary's call to take responsibility for imagining, and then building, the world we want to live in.
"By turns lyrical reflection and practical handbook, On the Other Side of Freedom reveals the mind and motivations of a young man who has risen to the fore of millennial activism through study, discipline, and conviction. His belief in a world that can be made better, one act at a time, powers his narratives and opens up a view on the costs, consequences, and rewards of leading a movement." —Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“Mckesson and a core group of other activists have built the most formidable American protest movement of the 21st century to date” —The New York Times
“In this thoughtful collection of essays, activist and podcaster Mckesson reflects on what he’s learned from protest, family upheaval, racial inequality, homophobia, community organizing, abuse, and love . . . Calmly but with conviction, he lays out a philosophy of future-oriented action . . . a welcoming, accessible, and inspiring entrance point to social justice work.” —Publishers Weekly
UPDATE: Tickets for this event are sold out. There will be not be a standby line for this event.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.
Old South Church is located at 645 Boylston Street, on the corner of Dartmouth and Boylston Streets, at the Copley T stop.
Old South is located at the Copley stop on the Green Line of the T. We are also a short walk from the Back Bay station on the Orange Line (from the station, walk two blocks north on Dartmouth Street). Bus routes 9, 10, 39, and 55 also stop in Copley Square. Use the MBTA’s Trip Planner for specific schedule routes and times.
From the North via I-93: Take I-93 south to Exit #26 for Storrow Drive/North Station. At the bottom of the ramp, keep left for Storrow Drive. From Storrow, take the exit for Copley Square/Back Bay. Turn right onto Beacon Street. After 4 blocks, turn left on Exeter Street. After 4 blocks, turn left on Boylston Street. Old South is at the end of the block, on the left.
From the South via I-93: Take I-93 north to Exit #18 for Mass. Ave./Roxbury. Turn left onto the Mass. Ave. Connector, then turn right (north) onto Mass. Ave. Continue on Mass. Ave. for a little over a mile, then turn right onto Boylston Street. Old South is 5 blocks down, on the left, at Boylston and Dartmouth Streets.
From the West via the Mass. Turnpike (I-90): Take the Mass. Pike east to Exit #22 for Prudential/Copley. Bear right in the exit ramp, following signs for Copley Square. Take the first left onto Dartmouth Street, and continue two blocks to Boylston Street. Old South is on the left.
From the West via Storrow Drive: Take Storrow east to the Fenway exit, following signs for Boylston Street Inbound. Once you cross Mass. Ave., Old South is 5 blocks down, on the left, at Boylston and Dartmouth Streets.
From the East via Storrow Drive: Take Storrow west to the exit for Copley Square/Back Bay. Turn right onto Beacon Street. After 4 blocks, turn left on Exeter Street. After 4 blocks, turn left on Boylston Street. Old South is at the end of the block, on the left.
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