Sharon Patricia Holland is Townsend Ludington Distinguished Professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of
Companionate : Species
As the monograph moves away from hum/animal, it also seeks to correct the historical record on blackness and animal life by returning to one of the most important moments in the landscape of Black radical thought: the founding of MOVE in Philadelphia in the early 1970s. Unlike other studies, this one looks at MOVE's earliest presence in the city, and therefore their Powelton Village residence. Tracking MOVE's incarnation as an animal liberation group, the book both returns them to their rightful place in histories of animal liberation (the group predates PETA's founding in Rockville, Maryland, by almost a decade) and concentrates on the reproductive life of the group— MOVE's mothers—to argue that MOVE's work with animals and the persistent state interventions in their human and animal family mutually inform what happens to them in the city of brotherly love.