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Lunch with Marilyn Holifield, "Seven Sisters and a Brother"

  • 27 Feb 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • UM Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Dr., Coral Gables, FL 33146
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Seven Sisters and a Brother:  Friendship, Resistance, and Untold Truths Behind Black Student Activism in the 1960s

#1 New Release in 1960s History of the U.S. — A Story of Student Activists and Civil Rights

Meet the inspirational students: This narrative tells the story of seven women and one man at the heart of a sit-in protesting decreased enrollment and hiring of African Americans at Swarthmore College and demanding a Black Studies curriculum. The book, written by the former students themselves, also includes autobiographical chapters, providing a unique cross-sectional view into the lives of young people during the Civil Rights era.

Correcting media representation: For years the media and some in the school community portrayed the peaceful protest in a negative light—this collective narrative provides a very necessary and overdue retelling of the revolution that took place at Swarthmore College in 1969. The group of eight student protestors have only recently begun to receive credit for the school’s greater inclusiveness, as well as the influence their actions had on universities around the country.

Stories that inspire change: This book chronicles the historical eight-day sit-in at Swarthmore College, and the authors also include untold stories about their family backgrounds and their experiences as student activists. They share how friendships, out-of-the-box alliances, and a commitment to moral integrity strengthened them to push through and remain resilient in the face of adversity.

The incredible true story featured in Seven Sisters and a Brother will teach you:

  • No matter how old or established, institutions can change and will continue to change
  • How to identify fears and work to overcome them
  • That truth will prevail when we unite with others and refuse to accept surrender

If you’ve read titles such as Warriors Don’t Cry, Between the World and Me, and Pulse of Perseverance, then you’ll love Seven Sisters and a Brother.


Marilyn Holifield was one of three black students to desegregate Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida. After graduating from Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, she worked as a civil rights lawyer and later joined Holland & Knight LLP, becoming the first black woman partner of a major law firm in Florida. An avid art collector, she cofounded a foundation, which seeks to create the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora.

Photo credit: Mango.bz  

Publisher: Books & Books Press   

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