Live via Zoom:
Tuesday, April 13, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Marlon Peterson presents Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist's Freedom Song
In conversation with Dr. Nadia Lopez
Marlon Peterson, a leading advocate for prison abolition and transformative justice, launches his debut book, Bird Uncaged, a moving memoir about coming of age in Brooklyn and surviving incarceration. Peterson challenges the typical “redemption” narrative and our assumptions of who deserves justice, recounting his own story with vulnerabilty and insight. His book exposes the hollowness of the American Dream; the daily violence and trauma of poverty, policing, and enforced masculinity; and the brutality of incarceration. Ultimately, he reveals the many cages—physical and metaphorical—created and maintained by American society. Bird Uncaged is a 21st century abolitionist memoir, and a powerful debut that demands a shift from punishment to healing, an end to mass incarceration, and a new vision of justice. Dr. Nadia Lopez, founder of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, joins Peterson in conversation at this virtual book launch!