A riveting narrative of diverse viewpoints, Showdown in Desire is a dozen-times-told tale. And it is a living history, an effort by people from all sides of the original confrontation to learn from that shared history. Author Orissa Arend facilitates that effort, just as she facilitated the coming together of this book—by gathering people together and listening.
The publication of this book is cause for celebration in and of itself. But that isn’t the end of the story. Upon its release, Showdown in Desire will be the impetus of a series of readings and discussions, culminating in two community forums to be held at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center on Wednesday, May 20 And Wednesday, June 3. Both forums will feature key players of the showdown and standoff between the Black panthers and the mostly white police force and city leaders and the citizens of the Desire Housing Project in New Orleans in 1970.
Watch this site for event announcements, related information--and a sneak preview of photos from the book.
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