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Thursday, February 27 2020
Seven Sisters and a Brother, A Story of Student Activism

Seven Sisters and a Brother
by Marilyn Allman Maye & Janette O. Domingo

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.

Seven Sisters and a Brother available at Amazon and Mango Books

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 has 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.

The classmates from Swarthmore College who wrote the book, "Sevens Sisters and a Brother," recounting their civil rights activism during the 1960s
that led to significant changes at Swarthmore. Back row: Ferdinand Warren, husband of Bridget Van Gronigen, one of the authors.
Middle row, left to right: Aundrea White Kelley, Marilyn Allman Maye, Jannette O. Domingo, Bridget Van Gronigen Warren,
Marilyn Holifield, Harold Buchanan, and Joyce Frisby Baynes. Sitting in front: Myra Rose. The photo was taken by Clifford Charles in Panama City,
Panama, circa 2003 Source:

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 fascinating group narrative, the organizers of Swarthmore College's 1969 eight-day sit-in join voices to tell the story of how "Seven Sisters and a Brother" used peaceful protest to affect change. Looking back on the events of fifty years ago, the authors have combined their stories as a "choral memoir" of the Takeover, which forced their college to respond to the demands of Swarthmore's Afro-American Students Society. As well as a history of their activism, this account includes the authors' autobiographies, providing compelling portraits of the lives of the young people who risked their futures to make a difference. -Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor,

About the Authors|
Marilyn Maye, Ed. D. Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, New Jersey City University.
Jannette Domingo, Ph. D., retired Dean of Graduate Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Professor of Economics and Africana Studies.


(Content for this review excerpted from and the Miami Herald.)

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