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October 12, 2022 at 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Haymarket House

The Tuskegee Student Uprising

Join us in celebrating the release of Brian Jones' new book on the Tuskegee student uprising with Jen Johnson and Elizabeth Todd-Breland.

Haymarket House

Haymarket House, 800 W. Buena Ave
Chicago, IL 60613 United States


The Tuskegee Institute, one of the nation’s most important historically Black colleges, is primarily known for its World War II pilot training program, a fateful syphilis experiment, and the work of its founder, Booker T. Washington. In The Tuskegee Student Uprising, Brian Jones explores an important yet understudied aspect of the campus’s history: its radical student activism.

Drawing upon years of archival research and interviews with former students, professors, and administrators, Brian Jones provides an in-depth account of one of the most dynamic student movements in United States history.

Get a copy of the book here or buy one in person at the event.

Join us for a limited-capacity in-person book launch event and celebration with Brian Jones, Jen Johnson and Elizabeth Todd-Breland about this important historical uprising and lessons for educational justice movements today.

****Masks and proof of vaccination are required for all attendees. Doors will open at 6:00 PM.***



Brian Jones is the Director of The New York Public Library’s Center for Educators and Schools and the author of The Tuskegee Student Uprising: A History.

Jen Johnson is the Chief Of Staff at Chicago Teachers Union.

Elizabeth Todd-Breland is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the author of A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago since the 1960s.


This event is sponsored by Haymarket Books and NYU Press. While all of our events are freely available, we ask that those who are able make a solidarity donation in support of our important publishing and programming work.