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No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America

DARNELL L. MOORE. “No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America”.

When Darnell Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely. It wasn’t the last time he would face death.
Three decades later, Moore is an award-winning writer, a leading Black Lives Matter activist, and an advocate for justice and liberation. In No Ashes in the Fire, he shares the journey taken by that scared, bullied teenager who not only survived, but found his calling. Moore’s transcendence over the myriad forces of repression that faced him is a testament to the grace and care of the people who loved him, and to his hometown, Camden, NJ, scarred and ignored but brimming with life. Moore reminds us that liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society’s edges can thrive.
No Ashes in the Fire
 is a story of beauty and hope-and an honest reckoning with family, with place, and with what it means to be free.


Darnell Moore


Host: Anita Johnson

Producers: Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani and Monica Lopez.

Executive Director: Lisa Rudman

Audience Engagement and Web Director: Sabine Blaizin

Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker


Special Thanks to KPFA Radio in Berkeley, Ca and Darnell Moore.

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