Ali Velshi — Small Acts of Courage: A Legacy of Endurance and the Fight for Democracy - with Yamiche Alcindor — at The Wharf

Upcoming Event
Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 7:00pm

Small acts of courage matter. Sometimes, they change the world. Our history books are filled with the stories of those who fought for democracy and freedom--for idealism itself--against all odds, from Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. These iconic struggles for social change illustrate the importance of engagement and activism, and offer a template for the battles we are fighting today. But using the right words is often easier than taking action; action can be hard, and costly.

More than a century ago, MSNBC host Ali Velshi's great-grandfather sent his seven-year-old son to live at Tolstoy Farm, Gandhi's ashram in South Africa. This difficult decision would change the trajectory of his family history forever. From childhood, Velshi's grandfather was imbued with an ethos of public service and social justice, and a belief in absolute equality among all people--ideals that his children carried forward as they escaped apartheid, emigrating to Kenya and ultimately Canada and the United States.

In Small Acts of Courage, Velshi taps into 125 years of family history to advocate for social justice as a living, breathing experience--a way of life more than an ideology. With rich detail and vivid prose, he relates the stories of regular people who made a lasting commitment to fight for change, even when success seemed impossible. This heartfelt exploration of how we can breathe new life into the principles of pluralistic democracy is an urgent call to action--for progress to be possible, we must all do whatever we can to make a difference.

Ali Velshi is an award-winning journalist, host of "Velshi", Chief Correspondent for MSNBC, and a weekly economics contributor to NPR's "Here And Now." He has covered multiple U.S. Midterm and Presidential elections and significant news stories around the globe, including extensive reporting from Ukraine and across Central and Eastern Europe during the Russian invasion, the Syrian refugee crisis from Turkey and Jordan, the Iran Nuclear Deal in Tehran, the Greek debt crisis in Athens, and the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. He hosts the "Velshi Banned Book Club" on MSNBC, and the "Velshi Banned Book Club" podcast. Velshi is known for his immersive on-the-ground reporting and his interactive discussions with small groups, which form part of his ongoing series, Velshi Across America. He previously worked as an anchor and correspondent for Al Jazeera America and CNN. Born in Nairobi and raised in Toronto, Velshi holds a degree in Religion and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Canada's Queen's University. He serves on the boards of the National Constitution Center, the Chicago History Museum, the X-Prize Foundation, and the Philadelphia Citizen. Velshi is the author of Gimme My Money Back and The Trump Indictments, co-author of How to Speak Money and the upcoming Open Space (2025). Velshi has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards and is the recipient of two National Headliner Awards and a Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award.

Velshi will be in conversation with Yamiche Alcindor,Washington Correspondent for NBC News, covering the administration of President Biden as well as the impact of federal policies on communities across the country and issues at the intersection of race, culture and politics. She was previously the moderator for "Washington Week" and the White House Correspondent for PBS NewsHour. She also covered the impact of the coronavirus pandemic including the virus' disproportionate impact on black people and communities of color. Previously, Alcindor also worked as a national political reporter for The New York Times and a national breaking news reporter for USA Today. Alcindor is the recipient of numerous awards including the Radio Television Digital News Association's John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award, International Women's Media Foundation's Gwen Ifill Award and the White House Correspondents' Association's Aldo Beckman Award for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and was named the organization's 2020 Journalist of the Year. Yamiche is married to a fellow journalist and is the daughter of Haitian immigrants who met while attending Boston College.

This event is free with first come, first served seating.

610 Water St SW
Washington, DC 20024
The Wharf
Non Fiction
Small Acts of Courage: A Legacy of Endurance and the Fight for Democracy By Ali Velshi Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250288851
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 7th, 2024