No Ashes in the Fire: A Conversation with Darnell Moore and Ashanté Reese

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Join us for a conversation with Darnell Moore and Ashanté Reese about Black Queer liberation, feminism, and freedom as Moore shares stories from his book, No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America.

When Darnell Moore was fourteen, 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 thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely. It wasn't the last time he would face death.

Three decades later, Moore is an award-winning writer, a leading Black Lives Matter activist, and an advocate for justice and liberation. In No Ashes in the Fire, he shares the journey taken by that scared, bullied teenager who not only survived, but found his calling. Moore's transcendence over the myriad forces of repression that faced him is a testament to the grace and care of the people who loved him, and to his hometown, Camden, NJ, scarred and ignored but brimming with life. Moore reminds us that Black Queer liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society's edges can thrive. 

Moore will be in conversation with Atlanta author and activist Ashanté Reese. Ashanté Reese is a Black feminist ethnographer and assistant professor of anthropology at Spelman College. In addition to her teaching that spans topics such as qualitative research methods, Black women's cultural production, the political economy of food access, and food justice in the south, Dr. Reese has published widely, with essays appearing in The Feminist Wire and Gravy Magazine and academic articles published in Antipode, The Journal of Urban Health, and The Journal of Aging and Health. Her forthcoming book, Between a Corner Store and a Safeway: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in the Nation's Capital, published by UNC Press, will be available in early 2019. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Atlanta Pride Committee and is in celebration of Stonewall Month. The suggested donation is $5. 


Event address: 
1189 Euclid Ave. NE
Charis Books and More
Atlanta, GA 30307
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ISBN: 9781568589480
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Published: Bold Type Books - May 29th, 2018

From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave, beautifully wrought memoir.