I was born in Brooklyn, New York and I graduated from Brooklyn College with Honors in Philosophy and received a doctorate in Philosophy of Science from Columbia University. My political commitments were forged in the tumultuous era of the 1960s and 1970s. By the time I moved to Greensboro, NC, in 1971, with my first husband and two small children, Antonia and Alex, I was committed to a life of political activism toward ending racism, ending wars, and working for social justice.
In January 1978, ( at that point a divorcee) I married Jim Waller, a pediatrician who had abandoned his medical career to work in a textile factory, where he fought against racism and rose to become a union leader. I was widowed in the Greensboro Massacre of November 3, 1979. Afterward, I participated in the struggle for justice stemming from the massacre, including as a board member in the Greensboro Justice Fund, a foundation supporting social justice organizations in the South, and as a Local Task Force member in the Greensboro Truth and Community Reconciliation Project.
I have always been active and on a variety of social, economic, and educational fronts. .I have written many non-fiction articles for periodicals, but my main piece of writing is my book about the Greensboro Massacre, “Love and Revolution: A Political Memoir,” which was published in 2002 by Rowman and Littlefield.
This project was important to me because it tells the truth and we need to learn from what happened here and in the past. In these unprecedented dangerous times, it is important for young people to learn about what happened in Greensboro so that they can apply these lessons quickly as they organize to make this world a more just and humane planet.