Cushing Salon, 3/15/2012: Thomas Peele, Killing the Messenger

Thomas Peele

Thomas Peele

Thursday, March 15, 7-8 pm, the Cushing Library at Holy Names University in Oakland (directions here) continues its Salon Series with a book talk and signing by award-winning local investigative reporter Thomas Peele,who will be reading from Killing the Messenger: A Story of Radical Faith, Racism’s Backlash, and the Assassination of a Journalist.

Peele’s narrative — which the San Francisco Chronicle calls an “urgent new book” — digs deep into the murder of Oakland Post journalist Chauncey Bailey by a local crime family,  exposing their efforts to stifle and intimidate the press. Killing the Messenger also builds on the courageous efforts of The Chauncey Bailey Project, a group of journalists determined to ensure that the silencing of Bailey would not end the search for truth and justice.

At once tautly crafted and epic in scope, Killing the Messenger plunges back in time to the post-war migration of African-Americans to Northern cities such as Detroit, describing how broken dreams and rampant discrimination made it possible for a strange offshoot of the Nation of Islam to make its way to California and establish both a bakery and a three-decade reign of terror that culminated in the assassination of a reporter.

The Bookstore at Holy Names University will be on hand to sell books at the author signing (cash only). Light refreshments served.

This event is open to the public; no RSVP required. For more information, email

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