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Seven Sisters and a Brother

Friendship, Resistance, and Untold Truths Behind Black Student Activism in the 1960s

By: Marilyn Allman Maye, Harold Buchanan, Jannette O. Domingo, Joyce Frisby Baynes, Marilyn Holifield, Myra E. Rose, Bridget Van Gronigen Warren, and Aundrea White Kelley


Publication Date — December 12, 2019                                                                    Binding — Hardcover, 6 x 9

Page Count —346                                                                                                        Price — $27.95

ISBN —   978-1642501605                                                                                           LCN — 2019948615

Subject categories — HISTORY / African American                                                    This work’s intended audience is for adults.

Distribution: Ingram Publishing Services (IPS)+

Praise for Seven Sisters and a Brother

“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 effect change. . . As well as a history of their activism, this account includes the authors’ own 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, Harvard University, including Stony the Road: White Supremacy and The Rise of Jim Crow 

“Anyone who cares about the course of higher education in America should read this book. It tells the important and moving story of how Seven Sisters and a Brother changed the course of history and herstory at Swarthmore College and contributed to bringing a greater presence of Black people and Black Studies to the academy.”

-Dr. Johnnetta Cole, President Emerita at Spelman College and Bennett College, former director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art 


In 1969, eight college students at an elite college risked it all. Amidst the historic Civil Rights Movement, they watched enrollment of Black students at their college decline, hiring of Black professors and administrators remain at a standstill, and their demands for a Black Studies curriculum go unnoticed. Seven Sisters and a Brother not only tells the story of the subsequent and historic eight-day sit-in and its immediate aftermath, it chronicles its enduring effects—and the varied lives that formed eight activists and citizens.  This compelling “choral memoir” adds a new chapter to American history; it’s also a crucial guide for a new generation of activists looking to make a difference.


The Seven Sisters and a Brother have continued their love of learning and served in leadership roles with the pioneering spirit of their years in the Afro American Student Society they co-founded. Included among them are a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and four graduates who were among the first to add a Black Studies concentration to their diplomas at Swarthmore College. All eight completed advanced degrees at prestigious universities, earning eleven masters and six doctoral degrees from Columbia, Harvard, McGill, Temple, Tufts, and University of Massachusetts Boston. They represent an array of fields: a medical doctor, a lawyer, a biologist, four educational leaders, and a computer scientist.




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