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Trying Times: A conversation with Terry Gilbert & Carlo Wolff

Activist lawyer Terry Gilbert has been involved in significant social justice cases for 50 years. His new book Trying Times: A Lawyer's 50 Year Struggle Fighting for Rights in a World of Wrongs details his cases----from working with the American Indian Movement to securing freedom for Kwame Ajamu. 

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Terry will be in converation with collaborating writer Carlo Wolff on Thursday, May 13th at 7 p.m. This event is a partnership between Mac's and the CH-UH Public LIbrary, Coventry branch. Please register with the library at

Trying Times, published in 2021 by Act 3, recounts Gilbert’s 50-year struggle as a people’s lawyer. Dedicating his life to pursuing justice for the disenfranchised, Gilbert puts his cases in historical context and demonstrates that even losing a case can move public opinion in the direction of equity. It was Gilbert who, in the 1970s, filed one of the first lawsuits against the Cleveland Indians to stop their stereotyping of indigenous people.

Written with Carlo Wolff, Gilbert’s memoir attests to the two Americas that we inhabit: one for the wealthy and powerful and the other for minorities and the poor. From his work with legendary radical lawyer William Kunstler defending native Americans at Wounded Knee to his advocacy on behalf of Sam Reese Sheppard seeking to clear the name of his father, Dr. Sam Sheppard, Gilbert wields the law as both sword and shield.

Attorney Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, writes, “Terry’s efforts to represent victims of police misconduct and to highlight the toll of mass incarceration exemplify his drive to overcome deep flaws in the U.S. criminal justice system. Trying Times is the inspirational journey of a man dedicated to bettering the lives of the ignored and the marginalized.”

Carlo Wolff writes about popular culture, music, books, hospitality and travel. A contributor to the jazz magazine, DownBeat, he is the author of Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories, lead author of Mike Belkin: Socks, Sports, Rock and Art, and co-writer of Designing Victory and The Encyclopedia of Record Producers.





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Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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