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Former Illinois State Senator Alice Palmer and former chair of the Chicago Sister City Committee Edward “Buzz” Palmer will talk about and sign the book “The World Is Watching” for a book talk and signing at 3 p.m. on March 3 at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. David Robinson, Dr. Palmer and Mr. Palmer edited the collection.

Part historical, part reflective essays and interviews, “The World Is Watching” is a riveting and imperative autobiographical collection about international struggle, world travel and conversations, and remarkable and unfiltered interactions across languages, cultures and continents. The book holds invaluable information on international studies from practitioners and theoreticians with workable answers that have been refined as a result of decades of real-world experiences. World leaders from Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States share how Black America’s fight against oppression has garnered world recognition and respect.

“The world continues to face innumerable problems … They are problems that echo many that Black Americans themselves have overcome. That was what gave us at the United Nations an affinity for the travails of Black Americans,” says Shashi Tharoor, member of the Indian Parliament and chair of the All India Professionals Congress.

“I come from the European Social Democrat tradition with the mindset that goes with it. The thinking of the Black American community resonates better with me than with any other demographic constituency in the U.S.,” says Glyn Ford, former member of the European Union Parliament and expert on Asia.

“The historic African Americans … keep fighting, they keep fighting every day, every minute, against policy, against violence, against all tangible violence….” recalls United Nations special rapporteur Doudou Diene of Senegal.

This book holds up a mirror for Black Americans to see themselves through the eyes of notable men and women outside the United States and Americans who have experiences outside the United States. Their observations offer fresh eyes through which Black Americans – especially the young – can see themselves as world people.