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Darnell Moore: No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America
First Congregational Church of Oakland
Oakland, CA
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Darnell Moore: No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM and Marcus Books present
Darnell Moore
No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 7:30 PM
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland
advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 OR Marcus Books, Books Inc/Berkeley,  Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moes Books, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloways Books, East Bay Books  $15 door, KPFA benefit   more info: kpfa.org/events, wheelchair access
What happens to the black boys who come of age in neglected, heavily policed, and economically desperate cities that the War on Drugs and mass incarceration have created? How do they learn to live, love, and grow up? Where should they turn when history rejects their very existence? Darnell explores these questions in NO ASHES IN THE FIRE.  When Darnell Moore was fourteen years old, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they assumed he was gay, and poured gasoline on him. He barely escaped with his life.  On many other occasions there were terrifying confrontations, including some within his family

Three decades later, Moore is an award-winning writer and activist, a leader in the Movement for Black Lives, and a tireless advocate for justice and liberation.  No Ashes in the Fire is his compelling account of how that bullied, frightened teenager not only survived, but found such a unique calling. He traces his life from his childhood in Camden, New Jersey, a city famously scarred by uprisings and repression, to his search for intimacy in the gay gathering places in Philadelphia, and finally to social movements in Newark, Brooklyn, and Ferguson, where he could openly fight for others who survive on societys edges.  An editor-at-large at the content distributor Urban One, and a columnist at Logo, Darnell L. Mooore describes his bold, candid memoir as snapshots of my life molded by forces of brutality, poverty, and self-hatred.

Darnell L. Moore (born in 1976 in Camden, NJ) is an American writer and activist whose work
is characterized by anti-racist, feminist, queer, and anti-colonial thought and advocacy. His
essays, social commentary, poetry and interviews have appeared in various national and
international media venues, including The Feminist Wire, Ebony Magazine, and The Huffington Post. Moores scholarship focuses broadly on  Black Theology and Black Christian thought that is inclusive of queer subjectivities.  He has published essays in Black Theology, Theology & Sexuality: An International Journal, and Pneuma: The Journal of the Society of Pentecostal Studies.

GREG BRIDGES is a radio dj and journalist living in Oakland. Currently he can be heard over KCSM and KPFA, where he has a weekly show and is a contributor to  KPFAs Hip Hop and social affairs show HardKnock Radio. Greg has written for various publications including Jazz Now Magazine and Bayshore Magazine.


First Congregational Church of Oakland (View)
2501 Harrison St
Oakland, CA 94612
United States


Arts > Literary

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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