Veteran activist Mab Segrest takes readers along on her travels to view a world experiencing extraordinary change. She visits Beijing, for the Fourth World Conference on Women; Atlanta, to examine gentrified Olympic development; Memphis, for the twentieth anniversary of Elvis's death; Honolulu, for a conference linking gay issues; and Johannesburg and Harare, Zimbabwe, for a world gathering of Christians. The book is a journey of both intellectual and emotional discovery. As she travels from place to place, Segrest speculates on the effects of globalization and urban development on people, examines the struggles for racial, economic, gender, and sexual equality, and narrates her own powerful history as a lesbian in the American South. The book's title takes off from the African idea of ubuntu, which roughly translates as ""born to belonging."" From the principle that we all belong to the human community, Segrest uses her personal experience as a filter for larget political and cultural issues. Her writing traverses the globe, bringing together such diverse groups as the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina, fledging gay rights activists in Zimbabwe, and resistance fighters in El Salvador who have seen the enemy mutate from an openly oppressive government to more amorphous economic depression with its attendant alienation. Segrest expertly plumbs her own personal experiences for organizing principles and maxims to combat racism, homophobia, sexism, and economic exploitation.
MAB SEGREST is a writer, teacher, and organizer who has published three books, most recently Memoir of a Race Traitor, which was named an Outstanding Book on Human Rights in North America and was Editor's Choice for the Lambda Literary Awards.
Diving Into the Wreck * Beijing: Mao, the Tao, and the Fourth World Conference on Women * Atlanta: The 1996 Olympics, Co'Cola, and the Wealth of Nations * Memphis: Elvis and Martin, ""At the Mountaintop"" * Honolulu: Hawai'i Nei * Requiem from My Brother * Johannesburg: N Kosi sikelel' iAfrica * Of Soul and White Folks * Harare * Durham