Author Event - The Earth, the City and the Hidden Narrative of Race with Carl C. Anthony

The Avid Reader is excited to welcome environmental justice pioneer, Carl Anthony for the first stop on his national tour for his captivating new memoir, "The Earth, the City and the Hidden Narrative of Race" on Friday, October 13th at 7:30 p.m.

In this thoughtfully told memoir, Anthony interweaves urban history, racial justice, and cosmology with his experiences as an architect, regional planner, environmentalist, and Black American. The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race connects the logics behind slavery, community disinvestment, and environmental exploitation to address the most pressing issues of our time in a cohesive and foundational manner. Anthony's narrative describes both being at the mercy of racism, urban inequities, and environmental injustice as well as fighting against these forces with a variety of strategies. Appealing to those interested in democratizing power and advancing equitable policies for disenfranchised communities, Anthony sets forth what he calls an “inclusive vision for a shared planetary future.” From Anthony’s life as an African American child in post-World War II Philadelphia to a civil rights activist in 1960s Harlem, and from a traveling student of West African architecture to a pioneering environmental justice advocate in Berkeley and New York, this memoir offers a rich, insightful portrait of an American urbanist with a uniquely expansive perspective on humanity.

Carl C. Anthony is an architect, regional planner, and social justice leader. He is currently cofounder of the Breakthrough Communities Project and Visiting Professor at the University of California Davis Center for Regional Change. Anthony was the founder and former executive director of Urban Habitat, one of the country's oldest environmental justice organizations, known for pushing the mainstream environmental movement to confront issues of race and class, and serves on its board of directors. Anthony cofounded and edited the first environmental justice periodical in the country, the seminal Race, Poverty and the Environment Journal. He has been president of Earth Island Institute, founded by David Brower, led the Ford Foundation's Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Initiative, and served as a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Anthony has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, the University of California Colleges of Environmental Design and Natural Resources, and has been an advisor to the Stanford University Law School on issues of environmental justice.

There will also be a presentation and signing of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty. Random Kindness was designed to be a spell reversal for breaking the cultural trance of systemic violence, and the phrase struck a chord and went viral, awakening moral imagination and providing a simple language for a profound and evocative call to solidarity and compassion on a distressed planet. In 1994, Herbert and Pavel expanded Random Kindness into a full length prose poem expressing the perennial longing to be our better selves, and to create collective impact toward a better future. The subsequent book featured the words of the poem combined with the celebrated brush painting of Mayumi Oda. The 20th Anniversary edition includes a foreword by Nobel Laureate and social justice visionary, Archbishop Desmond Tutu that connects the message of interdependence in Random Kindness to the South African concept of ubuntu. Ubuntu is the conviction that interconnectedness is the very root of who we are.

Event date: 
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
The Avid Reader
617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616
The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race Cover Image
ISBN: 9781613320211
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Published: New Village Press - October 10th, 2017

Random Kindness & Senseless Acts of Beauty Cover Image
ISBN: 9781613320150
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Published: New Village Press - September 30th, 2014