Fergusons to discuss ‘An Unlikely Warrior’
DURHAM – Iyaluua Ferguson has written a book about her husband Herman Ferguson’s life titled “An Unlikely Warrior: Herman Ferguson, the Evolution of a Black Nationalist Revolutionary.” Herman and Iyaluua Ferguson will speak about their life and sign copies of their book at Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville St., Saturday at 2 p.m.
Herman Ferguson, a native of Fayetteville, was a prominent member of Malcolm X's Muslim Mosque Inc. and later his Organization of Afro-American Unity. Malcolm X created both organizations in 1964, after leaving the Nation of Islam. Ferguson met Malcolm after he and other African-Americans in Queens set up the Rochdale Movement, which sought to stop the construction of a new housing development in Queens.
He also helped to organize the Republic of New Afrika and was a member of the Revolutionary Action Movement. As a member of RAM, he was arrested for conspiracy to assassinate Roy Wilkins of the NACCP and Whitney Young of the Urban League. Ferguson was sentenced to prison, but he fled the country and surfaced in Guyana, where he lived and worked for the next 19 years. In 1989 he returned to the United States, where he was promptly arrested and imprisoned for seven years.
This event is free and open to the public.
Clarke to discuss ‘Atlantic Odyssey’
DURHAM -- Erskine Clarke, author of the Bancroft prize-winning “Dwelling Place,” will discuss his new book “By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey” at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St.
The book tells the story of an aristocratic young couple from Savannah and South Carolina who sailed from New York and began a 17-year odyssey in West Africa in 1834.
The Wilsons returned to New York because of ill health, but their odyssey was not over. Living in the booming American metropolis, the Wilsons welcomed into their home visitors from around the world as they worked for the rapidly expanding Protestant mission movement. As the Civil War approached, however, they heard the siren voice of their Southern homeland calling from deep within their memories.
Clarke Will be in the store for a discussion and signing.
--From staff reports