Bookworks sells books for Albuquerque author Sherri Burr at the African American Performing Arts Center. Burr and AAPAC are hosting an opening of Burr's exhibtion of African American history through photography and words and to honor the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in this country. The first 100 entrants to the exhibit will receive a free copy of Burr's book, Complicated Lives, and Bookworks will have more books on hand for sale. Ms. Burr will speak about the book at 5 pm, then Bookworks will sell books and have a signing wiht the author at 6pm.
Sherri Burr is a historian, lawyer, author, and President of New Mexico Press Women.
About Complicated LIves:
Would the United States have developed differently if Virginia had not passed a law in 1670 proclaiming all subsequently arriving Africans as servants for life, or slaves? What if the state had not stripped all Free Blacks and Indians of voting rights in 1723, or outlawed interracial sex for 337 years?
Complicated Lives upends the pervasive belief that all Africans landing on the shores of Virginia beginning in late August 1619, became slaves. In reality, many of these kidnap victims received the status of indentured servants. Indeed, hundreds of thousands of free African Americans in the South and North owned property, created businesses, and engaged in public service. Complicated Lives further explores the lives of Free Blacks through the lens of the author’s ancestors and other Free Blacks who lived this history, including those who served in the integrated troops commanded by George Washington during the Revolutionary War.
"In this wide-ranging, thoughtful book, Sherri L. Burr combines the expertise of the legal historian with the passionate curiosity of a sleuth in search of roots. Burr adds immeasurably to our understanding of these two-and-a-half centuries in the lives of free African Americans in Virginia."—Virginia Scharff, author of The Women Jefferson Loved