By Hall, RebeccaIllustrated by Martinez, Hugo
A historical and imaginative graphic novel that brings to light the existence of enslaved Black women warriors, Adono and Alele, on the slave ship The Unity. A historical tour-de-force, Wake is a graphic novel that offers invaluable insight into the endless struggle for survival ...as a Black woman in today's America. It is a historiography that illuminates both the challenges and the necessity of uncovering the true stories of slavery and is an overdue reckoning with slavery in New York City, where armed revolts took place. This transformative and transporting work of imaginative fiction brings characters Adono and Alele, and their pasts as women warriors, to vivid life. Timely, powerful, and empowering Wake illustrates the humanity of the enslaved, the reality of their lived experiences, and the complexity of the history that has been, until now, thoroughly erased.Read more
Rebecca Hall, JD, PhD, is a scholar, activist, and educator. After graduating Berkeley Law in 1989, she represented low-income tenants and homeless families for eight years before returning to get her PhD in history. She has taught at UC Santa Cruz, Berkeley Law, Berkeley's history department, and as a visiting professor of law at the University of Utah. She writes and publishes on the history of race, gender, law, and resistance as well as articles on climate justice and intersectional feminist theory. Rebecca has been an activist her entire life, fighting for women's and LGBT rights and against nuclear weapons, Apartheid, and US militarism. She is dedicated to the movement for Climate Justice, and is also currently involved with Black Lives Matter and rapid response support for families facing deportation. She is also working on a collection of essays on the history of racialized gender in developing chattel slavery in America, and how this shapes our constructs of race and gender to this day. Dr. Hall's work has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, including the American Association of University Women, The Ford Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. You can find out more about her at RebHallPhD.org. Hugo Martinez is an independent comic artist focused on depicting narratives of struggle, identity, and resilience. He is based in New Orleans.
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