A Commemoration of the Life of Bob Sheldon


Monday, February 21, 2011 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm


Internationalist Books and Community Center 405 W Franklin St
Internationalist Books and Community Center founder, Bob Sheldon, was fatally shot twenty
years ago on February 21. The current volunteers, managers, and members are having a
special celebration to celebrate his life and the impact he made and continues to make on
our community.

Please join us in celebrating this inspirational man's life and work! Monday, February
21, 2011 at 6:30pm, gather at Interationalist Books and Community Center at 405 W
Franklin St in Chapel Hill. Our program includes sharing of memories, food, music, a
march to the location of the old store (with friends from Cakalak Thunder) & a candle
light vigil. We will also present The Bob Sheldon Award, created to honor those who live
life as Bob did; in the pursuit of social equality & justice. This year we honor Reverend
Kerry Bigelow & Mr. Clyde Clark of the Sanitation 2.


In what way do Bigelow and Clark live their lives like Bob Sheldon? As a former volunteer and board member of the Internationalist I'm thrilled to see the institution still thriving. I remember organizing the 20th anniversary celebraton!

All Bigelow and Clarke did was get fired from their jobs.

From the library of Bob Sheldon, Feb 17, 2011, by Dan Coleman

This is a good piece in the Citizen remembering Bob Sheldon. My favorite part:

One answer to the challenges of Freire and Kozol is found in the words of the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. His book Being Peace outlines 14 precepts, two of which speak directly to the concerns above. “Do not close your eyes before suffering … awaken yourself and others to the reality of suffering in the world.” And, “Do not take as the aim of your life fame, profit, wealth, or sensual pleasure. Live simply and share time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need.” Bob Sheldon took these words to heart. To keep Internationalist afloat, he often worked seven-day weeks, taking shifts as a temp nurse to support the store and a simple lifestyle.

Thanks Bob. I met my partner at Internationalist and became politically much more mature thanks to your hard work. May this awesome community center and bookstore live forever!


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