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Thurmond To Discuss the Price of “Freedom”

Former Labor Chief Shares New Novel at Cyclorama

By A. Scott Walton Executive Editor | 6/18/2013, 11:11 a.m.
There’s no better authority on how businesses get away with paying workers little to no wages than Michael Thurmond.
Michael Thurmond is the interim superintendent of the DeKalb County School District, the third largest district in the state of Georgia.

==Savannah was once a safe haven for those who sought to teach slaves and free Blacks to read; thus, “The Black Florence Nightingale”, Susie King Taylor – who was an educator as well as a Civil War nurse, serves as the inspirational cover model for the book.

“The book is about the insatiable desire for freedom,” Thurmond said. “And it dispels the myth that slaves were hapless victims. Where the opportunities presented themselves to improve their condition, they took advantage.”

Do not miss any opportunity Thurmond offers to share his vast knowledge regarding how forced labor shaped and defines Georgia as we know it now. He shows reverence for the state’s founders, pity for its victims and pathos for its plunderers who still shape the landscape nearly three centuries since it was founded.

Thurmond states with emphasis that lessons gleaned from the past are what shape our present and future where labor issues are concerned. Racial divisiveness only obscures the truth, as he sees it.

“One of the driving elements throughout human history has been the desire for cheap labor,” he insists. “It overshadows every economic decision ever made, either directly or indirectly. That’s why we have such intense discussions about outsourcing and illegal immigration today. That’s why we have this economic crisis in America. We’re addicted to cheap labor.”

Thurmond’s lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit: http://www.atlantacyclorama.org/, or call 404-658-7625.