Fish-Ins & Black/Native Solidarity in the 1960s
By Mariame Kaba with illustrations by Jon Bailiff
Half Letter Press, Fort Wayne, IN and Chicago, IL, 2023
Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Process: Digital and offset
Color: Full color digital and one color offset
Mariame Kaba is one of our favorite activists, historians, thinkers, and humans and it was a pleasure to collaborate with her on this, our third booklet together. Here she has teamed up with the illustrator Jon Bailiff, and combed her own archives and the materials of others to tell a fascinating story of Black and Native solidarity. In the introduction she writes:
"A few years ago, I came across a brief description of Dick and Lillian Gregory’s fish-in protests in solidarity with Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest. I was intrigued, so I started researching and also collecting specific items related to their involvement in these protests.
This publication offers a brief description of the fish-ins as a way to highlight a chapter in history that may be less well-known to modern audiences. The Gregorys’ involvement in the fish-ins is a concrete example of Black-Native solidarity. Perhaps you, like me, had never heard about the protests. I believe that knowing this history reminds us that we can in fact work for justice across differences. It’s been done and we can/should do so today."
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Made me wonder about the potential power of zines
This is a masterpiece. I'm going to use it as a model for a zine project with my high school students in Oakland. Thank you!
A wonderful resource
I bought this zine for the students in my Native history class, and it's proved a tremendous resource. Both the focus on the fish-ins and the focus on Black/Native solidarity has enriched our discussion of resistance movements in the twentieth century. Thank you!