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MBxDD Book Club Presents: A Community Discussion and Author Signing featuring Paul Ortiz

An intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latinx civil rights

MahoganyBooks & Duende District are excited to announce our April book club selection, An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz. On April 24, 2018, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM MBBxDD will host a community book discussion with author and educator Dr. Paul Ortiz at MahoganyBooks.

We encourage students, educators, history buffs, and activists alike to join us for an interactive community read & discussion about the various ways Latinx and African American civil rights activists, labor organizers, and intellectuals have worked to resist the widely taught formulations like “manifest destiny” and “Jacksonian democracy.” Dr. Ortiz will also share from his book a way forward in the continued struggle for people of the diaspora for universal civil rights against today’s “America First” leaning.

There are several ways to participate:

  1. General Admission: Join us at the store for the live book discussion with Dr. Ortiz. Book club participants must first register to reserve your seat for the live discussion.
  2. Live Participant: Receive access to both the live discussion with Dr. Ortiz as well as the online conversation leading up to the event. Stop by MahoganyBooks to register and take home your book the same day or register online and pick up your book at the store at your convenience.
  3. Online Participant: Register online to join the online discussion, view the live streamed event, and receive an autographed copy of the book.

Note: Books purchased from outside vendors are prohibited and will not be autographed.

About the Book

Spanning more than two hundred years, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a revolutionary, politically charged narrative history arguing that the “Global South” was crucial to the development of America as we know it. Ortiz challenges the notion of westward progress, as exalted by widely taught formulations such as “manifest destiny” and “Jacksonian democracy,” and shows how placing African American, Latinx, and Indigenous voices unapologetically front and center transforms American history into the story of the working class organizing against imperialism.

In precise detail, Ortiz traces this untold history from the Jim Crow-esque racial segregation of the Southwest, the rise and violent fall of a powerful tradition of Mexican labor organizing in the twentieth century, to May 1, 2006, International Workers’ Day, when migrant laborers–Chicana/os, Afro-Cubanos, and immigrants from nearly every continent on earth–united in resistance on the first “Day Without Immigrants.”

Incisive and timely, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a bottom-up history told from the viewpoint of African American and Latinx activists and revealing the radically different ways people of the diaspora addressed issues still plaguing the United States today.

About the Author

Paul Ortiz is an associate professor of history and the director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida. He is the author of Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920 and coeditor of the oral history Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.