new history of Black Liberation, told through the intertwined
story of two grassroots organizers
The Black Power movement, often associated with its iconic
spokesmen, derived much of its energy from the work of people whose
stories have never been told. Stayed On Freedom brings into
focus two unheralded Black Power activists who dedicated their lives
to the fight for freedom.
Zoharah Simmons and Michael Simmons fell in love while organizing
tenants and workers in the South. Their commitment to each other and
to social change took them on a decades-long journey that traversed
first the country and then the world. In centering their lives,
historian Dan Berger shows how Black Power united the local and the
global across organizations and generations.
Based on hundreds of hours of interviews, Stayed On Freedom
is a moving and intimate portrait of two people trying to make a life
while working to make a better world.