The first book-signing for A Black Revolutionary’s Life in Labor: Black Workers Power in Detroit by Michael Hamlin was a grand success. The facility donated by Alexis Hamlin was beautiful and the weather sunny as we basked in the warm support of our family along with some new, and some old and treasured friends. Thank you everyone.
In his remarks at the event, Mike offered a context for appreciating his story recounting historic events rooted in his personal experience including his early life on a sharecropper’s plantation, exposure to the practice of lynching and the indiscriminate murder of blacks, living with Jim Crow, and the cruelty imposed on his people. As he and his family migrated north he began to understand the economics of black labor in a growing industrial society. Why were blacks silent?
Upon his return from an imperialist war in Korea, Mike was the third black hired by The Detroit News. It was there that he met John Watson and Ken Cockrel. Together they became politicized and began to search for tools to effectively channel their rage beginning with a newspaper, The Inner-City Voice and culminating in the birth of a radical black workers movement in 1969. Want to know more?
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– We have been invited to exhibit Mike’s book at a Book Expo at the Flint Public Library, Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 2-4 pm.
– Be sure to mark your calendar: Mike is scheduled for Author-Talk at SOURCE Booksellers, 4240 Cass Avenue (just south of Forest) in Midtown Detroit on Thursday, May 16th at 5:00 pm. Everyone is welcome.