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The Good Fight: America’s Ongoing Struggle for Justice

Over the past 100 years, Americans from all walks of life have fought many inspiring battles against hatred, bigotry, racism, misogyny, and homophobia — yet today many of these hard-fought victories appear to be in jeopardy.

Through powerful photographs taken by the world's leading photographers and evocative first-person essays from over a dozen noted writers, best-selling author Rick Smolan created The Good Fight: America's Ongoing Struggle for Justice to capture the sporadically violent, often triumphant, always risky struggles of Americans who have experienced hatred, oppression or bigotry because of their gender, skin color, beliefs and more over the past century.

Fought in the streets, the courthouse and the corridors of Congress, this story, as told through Smolan's new book, has unfolded across America, illustrated with more than 180 memorable photographs, nearly 60 embedded videos, over a dozen compelling essays plus examples of music and lyrics that rallied America's resistance to injustice. 

To celebrate these stories and struggles, Smolan will engage some of the contributors to his book to share inspiring stories about how Americans have fought against injustice. Jonathan Greenblatt focuses on social justice issues as CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League. DeRay McKesson tackles civil rights issues on the streets and via social media. Andrea Dew Steele brings attention to women's rights. Ray Suarez, a longstanding journalist, tells the story of immigrants to emphasize their humanity and importance to our country.

Please join us for a fascinating discussion of the power of civic activism, where America is today and what's at stake in the future.


This program is generously supported by Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi Strauss & Co.
May 1, 2018

Marines' Memorial Theatre
609 Sutter St
San Francisco, 94102
United States

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Rick Smolan
Co-creator, Day in the Life series; Author, The Good Fight: America's Ongoing Struggle for Justice—Moderator
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Jonathan Greenblatt
CEO and National Director, Anti-Defamation League
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DeRay Mckesson
Host, "Pod Save the People"; Civil Rights Activist and Organizer
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Andrea Dew Steele
Founder and President, Emerge America
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Ray Suarez
John McCloy Visiting Professor of American Studies, Amherst College; Former Chief National Correspondent, PBS "NewsHour"

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