Upcoming Event

Millicent E. Brown at Harvard Book Store


Another Sojourner Looking for Truth:
My Journey from Civil Rights
to Black Power and Beyond

in conversation with DR. MELISSA BERRY-WOODS


April 24, 2024
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes MILLICENT E. BROWN—retired Associate Professor of History at Claflin University—for a discussion of her new book Another Sojourner Looking for Truth: My Journey from Civil Rights to Black Power and Beyond. She will be joined in conversation by DR. MELISSA BERRY-WOODS—Director of Learning Development and Student Success in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Northeastern University.

About Another Sojourner Looking for Truth

Millicent E. Brown's family home at 270 Ashley Avenue in Charleston, South Carolina, was a center of civil rights activity. There Brown gained intimate knowledge of the struggle for racial justice, and those experiences set her on a life course dedicated to the civil rights struggle. Best known as the named plaintiff in the federal court case that, in 1963, forced the initial desegregation of public schools in South Carolina, her experiences as an activist range across years and well beyond her native state. Another Sojourner Looking for Truth is Brown's insightful reflection on her search for freedom in a nation deeply mired in white supremacist beliefs and overt violence against people of color.

In this revealing memoir, Brown writes about her fears and doubts, as well as the challenges of being a teenager expected to "represent the race" to combat negative stereotypes of African Americans. Readers also gain perspective on the interpersonal aspects of white backlash to civil rights progress and strategic machinations within the movement. Overall, Brown's words will inform, inspire, and challenge everyone to better understand the civil rights struggle and confront its ongoing challenges.

Praise for Another Sojourner Looking for Truth

"Millie Brown's love for her people made her a force to be reckoned with—and her knowledge was always unquestionably on point. Sharing her journey and insights will surely paint a picture of the American dream as only a free woman of color and a child of the '60s could." —Samuel L. Jackson, actor and activist

"Millicent Brown speaks from her own experience. Another Sojourner illuminates and elevates how Brown's work has led to a just future; explains the painful legacy of racism and marginalization; and compels many others, particularly girls and women, who are not always seen in public discourse as catalysts and leaders of social change to step up and step out." —Henrie Monteith Treadwell, public health expert, professor emerita, Morehouse School of Medicine, University of South Carolina desegregation pioneer

"Part history, part coming-of-age story, Millicent E. Brown's intimate, enthralling memoir takes us from Charleston to Boston to Atlanta to hippie-era San Francisco and back again, as she celebrates the local stalwarts who made the civil rights movement and finds her own way of honoring her family's enduring legacy of service." —David Nicholson, author of The Garretts of Columbia: A Black South Carolina Family from Slavery to the Dawn of Integration

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Dr. Melissa Berry-Woods
Dr. Melissa Berry-Woods

Dr. Melissa Berry-Woods

Dr. Melissa Berry-Woods is an accomplished professional with a PhD in Rhetoric and Cultural Studies currently serving as Director of Learning Development and Student Success in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Northeastern University. There she aspires to transform the culture of learning about diversity, equity, inclusion, antiracism, and belonging for sustainable impact. For more than 25 years, Dr. Berry-Wood’s has researched and taught Racial Literacy and Concepts of Social Justice, African American and Black Feminist Rhetoric. She believes the pursuit of social justice and anti-racist living means confronting all of the evidence of inequality.

Millicent E. Brown
Millicent E. Brown

Millicent E. Brown

Millicent E. Brown is a retired Associate Professor of History at Claflin University, having also taught at several other institutions of higher education. She is a lifelong community advocate and spokesperson for improvements in historically exploited neighborhoods and communities of color. Currently she consults with museums, historical sites, and organizations seeking more accurate analyses of social justice initiatives.

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