Frank Edgar Chapman Jr. - "The Damned Don't Cry" - Bill Ayers

Monday, November 25, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Frank Edgar Chapman, Jr.

"The battles appear continuous and never ending, but Chapman’s hope prevails, and he continues to reject the message he saw engraved in the stone of his first prison, 'All who enter here leave all hope behind.' Chapman’s reply, 'I wasn’t going to follow that suggestion, I could not leave all hope behind.'"—Tony Lindsay, Chicago Defender

Frank Chapman discusses The Damned Don't Cry. He will be joined in conversation by Bill Ayers. A Q&A and signing will follow their discussion.

At 57th Street Books

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About the book: The Damned Don't Cry tells Frank Chapman's engaging life story from his young years in St. Louis on the streets, to his being imprisoned, to writing and teaching Marxism with fellow inmates, to winning his freedom, to organizing with the Communist Party, to his current life being a fighter for community control of the police in Chicago. A powerful story that will open many eyes.

About the author: Frank Chapman was wrongfully convicted in 1961 of murder and armed robbery and sentenced to Life in the Missouri Department of Corrections. He immediately became involved in human rights struggles within the prison, forged connections within the freedom movement there, and won a legal fight to desegregate the Missouri State Prison system. Frank currently works with The National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression to mount organized action against unjust treatment of individuals because of race or political beliefs.

About the interlocutor: Bill Ayers is a social justice activist, teacher, Distinguished Professor of Education (retired) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of two memoirs, Fugitive Days and Public Enemy.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637