“Running While Black”—Author Event with Alison Mariella Desir
Where: Revolution Books
437 Malcolm X Blvd./Lenox Ave. @132nd St
212-691-3345 Price: Free—you can donate!
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Join Alison Mariella Désir in-person on Saturday, November 5 at 3pm at Revolution Books in Harlem for a reading and discussion of her new book:
RUNNING WHILE BLACK:
Finding Freedom in a Sport That Wasn’t Built for Us
Alison wrote Running While Black after Ahmaud Arbery was hunted down and murdered by racists while he was running in suburban Atlanta in 2020. This remarkable memoir, with its detailed history of long-distance running in the US, reveals the systemic erasure & punishing exclusion of Black people from the American “sport for everyone w/a pair of sneakers.” Alison situates her own struggle with mental health in the toxicity of a society steeped in white supremacy.
“Runners know that running brings us to ourselves. But for Black people, the simple act of running has never been so simple. It is a declaration of the right to move through the world. If running is claiming public space, why, then, does it feel like a negotiation?” — Alison Mariella Désir
“Alison Mariella Désir weaves the eye-opening history of running in the United States and her experience as a Black woman throughout the book. History I have never heard, history that changes the stories I have been fed since I was a young girl. It makes me look at my beloved sport with a new lens, and it breaks my heart…”
—Kara Goucher, two-time Olympian and author of Strong: A Runner’s Guide to Boosting Confidence and Becoming the Best Version of You
Alison is the founder of @HarlemRun and @run4allwomen. She was listed as one of the most influential African Americans, aged 25 to 45, by The Root 100.
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