At the moment, our life is filled with a list of first time things. There is nothing I like better.
This past Friday and Saturday I exhibited Mike’s book, A Black Revolutionary’s Life in Labor; Black Workers Power in Detroit at the Michigan Historical Society’s 55th Annual Local History Conference in Livonia, Michigan. I was invited to share an exhibit table with Sandy Novacek from TEN21 Press, a new friend I met at our women’s theater book club where she was a presenter. Sandy is also marketing her husband’s book. Over 500 people attended the conference.
The conference lasted two days March 22-23, each day beginning with a 5:00 am wake-up call and trek to Livonia in the dark. We were loaded up with book posters, cases of books, leaflets, rack cards, business cards, candy and prizes which each had a place at our exhibit table.
Throughout the event, I met many interesting people who believe in Detroit and are involved in documenting and saving our important local history. I took it all in, making contacts and chatting with helpful and friendly people who have a raft of experience in the field of local history. I sold a nice number of books and overall learned more than I have yet been able to synthesize.
AS TO UPDATES: I owe you some information. Last week I posted three pictures from Mike’s book and asked you if you could identify the three co-founders of the League of Revolutionary Black workers. If you read his book, of course you can but for those who haven’t yet ordered your copy, here goes: From left to right are: Michael Hamlin, John Watson, and Ken Cockrel