Oakland, CA – Susan Burton, nationally-known for her work with women affected by mass incarceration who are re-entering society, will participate in a book signing and discussion around her NAACP Image Award-winning memoir, Becoming Ms. Burton.
Burton is the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life, a nonprofit that provides sober housing and other support to formerly incarcerated women. She is recognized widely for advocating to restore basic civil and human rights to those who have served time.
The African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) is co-sponsoring this program with the National Women’s History Project – which is giving Burton an award at its national convention this week in Oakland.
Becoming Ms. Burton won the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice, which is awarded annually for a literary work that creates “change in the name of justice for all people”. It has frequently been compared to The New Jim Crow – Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Emerson Award, NAACP Image Award, Constitutional Commentary Award); Michelle Alexander, best-selling author of The New Jim Crow, penned the foreword to Becoming Ms. Burton.
“AAMLO is pleased to team up with the National Women’s History Project, as well as other event sponsors, POWER (Progressive Oakland Women Empowering Reform), the League of Women Voters, and the American Association of University Women Oakland-Piedmont, to bring this national known speaker to the Bay Area,” said AAMLO Interim Chief Curator Susan D. Anderson.
What: Becoming Ms. Burton Book Signing and Author Talk
Who: Susan Burton, award-winning co-author of Becoming Ms. Burton
When: Friday, August 17, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO)
659 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612