Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area

Book Talk and Signing



Tuesday, December 10, 2019 6:00PM

<p><em>Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area</em></p>
<p>Book Talk and Signing</p>





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Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area

Book Talk and Signing



Please reserve prior to the event. Our space has limited capacity.

Where: California Historical Society Headquarters, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Cost: $5 General Admission, Free for CHS Members, plus one guest per membership.

When the legendary political figure Nelson Mandela took his victory tour of the United States in 1990 after being released from prison, he spent more time in California than any other state. Mandela recognized during his visits in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area the role California had played in the defeat of apartheid in South Africa, through the divestment movement at the University of California, the leadership of Congressman Ron Dellums, and the boycotts of dockworkers in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union up and down the Pacific Coast. Professor Cole’s book, Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area, explores the role of California, and especially the Bay Area, in the successful movement for racial equality in South Africa. The program will conclude with an audience Q&A and a book signing. The California Historical Society Store will have books available before and after the talk.

About the Author:

Peter Cole is a Professor of History at Western Illinois University and a Research Associate in the Society, Work and Development Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Cole authored Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area (2018), winner of the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award, and Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia (2007). He co-edited Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW (2017) and edited Ben Fletcher: The Life & Times of a Black Wobbly (2007). He holds a BA from Columbia University and PhD in history from Georgetown University.