Books for changing the world

May 13, 2021 at 8.00pm – 9.30pm

Online Teach-in

Haunted by Slavery

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall and Kalamu Ya Salaam celebrate the release of Midlo Hall's memoir, Haunted By Slavery.

Online Teach-in


Thursday, May 13, 8:00 PM ET

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall in conversation with Kalamu ya Salaam, via Zoom meeting.

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Please join pathbreaking historian Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall to celebrate the publication of her long-awaited memoir, Haunted by Slavery: A Southern White Woman in the Freedom Struggle.

The memoir of Gwendolyn Midlo Hall offers today's activists and readers an accessible and intimate examination of a crucial era in American radical history.

Born in 1929 New Orleans to left-wing Jewish parents, Gwendolyn Midlo Hall's life has spanned nearly a century of engagement in anti-racist, internationalist political activism. In this moving and instructive chronicle of her remarkable life, Midlo Hall recounts her experiences as an anti-racist activist, a Communist Party militant, and a scholar of slavery in the Americas, as well as the wife and collaborator of the renowned African-American author and Communist leader Harry Haywood.

Telling the story of her life against the backdrop of the important political and social developments of the 20th century, Midlo Hall offers new insights about a critical period in the history of labor and civil rights movements in the United States.

Detailing everything from Midlo Hall's co-founding of the only inter-racial youth organization in the South when she was 16-years-old, to her pioneering work establishing digital slave databases, to her own struggles against cruel and pervasive sexism, Haunted by Slavery is a gripping account of a life defined by profound dedication to a cause.

Event co-sponsored by NOLA Reconnect, Postmambo Studies, and CubaNOLA Arts Collective, in association with the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University and the University of California at Berkeley American Studies. Admission is free.