Wednesday, November 20, 2019 7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Tufts University historian Kerri Greenidge's biography reestablishes William Monroe Trotter's essential place in the pantheon of American civil rights heroes. An unlikely American hero with the stylistic verve of a newspaperman and the unwavering fearlessness of an emancipator, Trotter galvanized black working-class citizens to wield their political power despite the violent racism of post- Reconstruction America. For more than 30 years, Trotter published the Guardian, a weekly Boston newspaper that was read across the nation. Synthesizing years of archival research, Greenidge renders the drama of turn-of-the-century America and reclaims Trotter as a seminal figure, whose life offers a link between the vision of Frederick Douglass and black radicalism in the modern era.