Seven Sisters and a Brother: Friendship, Resistance, and Untold Truths Behind Black Student Activism in the 1960s

  • 8h 54m 35s
  • Aundrea White Kelley, Bridget Van Gronigen Warren, Harold S. Buchanan, Jannette O. Domingo, Joyce Frisby Baynes, Marilyn Allman Maye, Marilyn Holifield, Myra E. Rose
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2020

Meet the inspirational students: This narrative tells the story of seven women and one man at the heart of a sit-in protesting decreased enrollment and hiring of African Americans at Swarthmore College and demanding a Black studies curriculum. The book, written by the former students themselves, also includes autobiographical chapters, providing a unique cross-sectional view into the lives of young people during the Civil Rights era.

Correcting media representation: For years the media and some in the school community portrayed the peaceful protest in a negative light - this collective narrative provides a very necessary and overdue retelling of the revolution that took place at Swarthmore College in 1969. The group of eight student protestors have only recently begun to receive credit for the school's greater inclusiveness, as well as the influence their actions had on universities around the country.

Stories that inspire change: This book chronicles the historical eight-day sit-in at Swarthmore College, and the authors also include untold stories about their family backgrounds and their experiences as student activists. They share how friendships, out-of-the-box alliances, and a commitment to moral integrity strengthened them to push through and remain resilient in the face of adversity.

In this Audiobook

  • The Takeover Day Zero: Boiling Point
  • Children of the Sixties
  • The Takeover Day One: Locked Inside
  • The Swarthmore Experiment
  • The Takeover Day Two: Raising Our Profile
  • Not in Kansas Anymore—Myra's Story
  • The Takeover Day Three: Flavors of Support
  • We Had to Do Something!—Aundrea's Story
  • The Takeover Day Four: Sunday Morning
  • SASS—On Our Own
  • Fearful to Fearless—Joyce's Story
  • The Takeover Day Five: Meeting the Press
  • Not from Around Here—Bridget's Story
  • To See the World—Jannette's Story
  • The Takeover Day Six: Keeping up Morale
  • Seeing the Unseen—Marilyn A's Story
  • The Takeover Day Seven: Standoff
  • From Down South to Up North—Marilyn H's Story
  • The Takeover Day Eight: Change of Course
  • Tao: Finding My Way—Harold's Story