BOOKSIGNING EVENT w/ New Author JAKE SLOAN
Standing Tall - Willie Long and the Mare Island Originals 21ers
Geoffreys' Inner Circle, 410-14th Street, downtown Oakland
3:30pm ~ enjoy Sunday Jazz after booksigning event
Purchase books onsite or pre-event via AMAZON
[ BOOK SYNOPSIS ]
Filling a Gap in Bay Area Labor and Civil Rights History
In the early 1960s, Jake Sloan played a minor role in an event and subsequent actions that led to historic changes in hiring, training, promotions, and equal pay for African Americans working for the United States Navy at Mare Island Naval Shipyard and beyond. Now, Mr. Sloan has written the story of what unfolded and the impact on African Americans and the Navy during that historic time. Standing Tall: Willie Long and the Mare Island Original 21ers tells the story of 25 brave men, led by Willie Long, and their struggle for fair and equal treatment as civilian employees of the Navy at that time, a struggle that reached the highest levels in the Navy and, eventually, brought about great change at Mare Island and beyond. It also tells the story of the human impacts on Willie Long and the other players, both positive and negative. The story reveals a thus far overlooked episode in the history of Bay Area labor and civil rights. It touches many families in the Bay Area.
Onsite Book Purchase: $15.00. Cash or checks only. Books go on sale at 3:00pm on May 21st.