Episode 1 - I've Got the Light of Freedom
Guests: Quinn Rallins (left) and Tess Raser (right)
Hosts: Monica Trinidad & guest host Dominique Barron
On today's episode, we'll be speaking with Tess Raser, organizer with Assata's Daughters and teacher in Chicago's Parkway Gardens, and Quinn Rallins, social activist, organizer, essayist, and poet. We chatted with Tess and Quinn about I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle, by Charles M. Payne, originally published in 1995. The book offers an in-depth history of the early civil rights movement in the south, highlighting the work of Ella Baker, Septima Clark, and everyday community members doing on-the-ground work in places like Greenwood, Mississippi.
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