Nevertheless, We Persisted

Join us for an empowered evening of stories and discussion from an amazing panel of people who resisted and persisted. Our incredible guests include teen activist and former Denver School Board candidate Tay Anderson, holocaust survivor Fanny Starr, founder of The Girls Athletic Leadership Schools, Liz Wolfson, paraplegic basketball coach Jess Markt, and poet Azure Antoinette.

Due to the response, this event will be held off-site at Rocky Mountain Prep - just 5 blocks South of BookBar: 3752 Tennyson St. Denver 80212

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Adults 18 and over: $20 (includes a copy of the book)
Kids under 18: FREE

About Nevertheless, We Persisted:
A powerful collection of essays from actors, activists, athletes, politicians, musicians, writers, and teens, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, actress Alia Shawkat, actor Maulik Pancholy, poet Azure Antoinette, teen activist Gavin Grimm, and many, many more, each writing about a time in their youth when they were held back because of their race, gender, or sexual identity--but persisted.

"Aren't you a terrorist?" "There are no roles for people who look like you." "That's a sin." "No girls allowed." They've heard it all. Actress Alia Shawkat reflects on all the parts she was told she was too "ethnic" to play. Former NFL player Wade Davis recalls his bullying of gay classmates in an attempt to hide his own sexuality. Teen Gavin Grimm shares the story that led to the infamous "bathroom bill," and how he's fighting it. Holocaust survivor Fanny Starr tells of her harrowing time in Aushwitz, where she watched her family disappear, one by one.

What made them rise up through the hate? What made them overcome the obstacles of their childhood to achieve extraordinary success? How did they break out of society's limited view of who they are and find their way to the beautiful and hard-won lives they live today? With a foreword by Minnesota senator and up-and-coming Democratic party leader Amy Klobuchar, these essays share deeply personal stories of resilience, faith, love, and, yes, persistence.

“An unflinchingly honest book that should be required reading for every young person in America.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About Tay Anderson:
Auontai “Tay” Anderson, nineteen, a former candidate for the Denver school board, was the youngest person to run for public office in Colorado. His passion and perseverance come from his grandmother, who has spent the last six years in the hospital. Tay plans to make her proud by taking everything she has instilled in him and—with the education Denver Public Schools has provided him—working for the benefit of all students in the fight for public education.

About Azure Antoinette:
Azure Antoinette has been called “the Maya Angelou of the millennial generation.” She is a commissioned poet, an entrepreneur, and a millennial and arts education advocate.

Leslie Herod:
Represents District Eight (northeast Denver) in the Colorado House of Representatives. She is the first African American LGBT candidate elected to the state legislature. She is a champion for civil and reproductive rights and is committed to building a more just, inclusive, and prosperous Colorado. She currently serves on the House Judiciary and Finance Committees and the Joint Committee on Legal Services.

About Jess Markt:
Jess Markt is the disability sport and integration adviser for the International Committee of the Red Cross. He coaches the Denver Rolling Nuggets of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association when he’s not traveling around the world with the Red Cross, starting sports programs for physically disabled people in war and conflict zones.

About Fanny Starr:
Fanny Starr is a ninety-six-year-old Holocaust survivor. She was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1922. In 1939, the Nazis moved her family into the Lodz Ghetto, where she lived for five years, until being transported to Auschwitz in 1944. Later, she was sent to Ravensbrück; to a factory in Mühlhausen, Germany; and finally to Bergen-Belsen, where she met her husband. She was liberated from Bergen-Belsen on April 15, 1945. Fanny has lived in Denver, Colorado, for sixty years and is the mother of three children.

About Liz Wolfson: 
Liz Wolfson, the fourth child in a family of competitive athletes, was reared on a backyard basketball court, where she learned how to use both hands for layups and to never let her brothers knock her down. Always the quiet rebel, Liz hated being told what to do by anybody and decided not to settle on the career path in organizational management that was set before her. At age forty, with a newborn in her arms, she thought it the perfect time to start up her dream project, which would model for her children what it means to envision, create, struggle, and succeed. Feeling that the educational opportunities for girls in America were insufficient to match the reality of growing up in today’s world, Liz became the chief visionary officer of Girls Athletic Leadership Schools, Inc., a game-changing educational model focused on positive gender identity and integrated movement.



Event date: 
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 7:00pm
3752 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage Cover Image
By Amy Klobuchar (Foreword by), In This Together Media (Editor)
ISBN: 9781524771966
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2018