U.s. - Political and Civil Rights of Blacks
Hope in the Struggle
Hardcover ISBN: 1517904447
"Young Black people have repeatedly asked Johnson why she continues to work on social justice issues and how she manages to retain hope. She publishes this book hoping current and future generations will remember the strength of their ancestors, learn from her story, continue the struggle, and gain justice for her people"--
At Canaan's Edge
America in the King Years, 1965-68
Paperback ISBN: 0684857138
A final installment of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's history of the civil rights movement chronicles Martin Luther King's final years, covering such topics as the 1965 Selma march for the right to vote, King's turbulent alliance with Lyndon Johnson, and his protests against the Vietnam war. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
The Trumpet of Conscience
Paperback ISBN: 0807001708
MLK's final statements on racism, poverty, war, and the civil rights movement In November and December 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered five lectures for the renowned Canadian Broadcasting Corporations' Massey Lecture Series. The collection was immediately released by the CBC under the title Conscience for Change, but after King's assassination, in 1968, the book was republished by Harper & Row as The Trumpet of Conscience. Each oration found here encompasses a distinct theme and speaks prophetically to today's perils, addressing issues of racial equality, conscience and war, the mobilization of young people, and nonviolence. "A Christmas Sermon on Peace," a powerful concluding speech that was a live broadcast of his 1967 Christmas Eve sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, illuminates King's long-term vision of nonviolence as a path to world peace and contains many of his memorable oratorical set pieces.
Better Day Coming
Blacks and Equality 1890-2000
Paperback ISBN: 0142001295
Traces the efforts of African Americans to achieve equality and civil rights in the era following the collapse of Reconstruction to the present day, examining such key events as Ida B. Wells's campaign against lynching in the 1890s, the formation of the NAACP, Marcus Garvey and the growth of black nationalism, and the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr. Reprint.
Locking Up Our Own
Crime and Punishment in Black America
Hardcover ISBN: 0374189978
A consequential argument about race, crime and law in today's America by a Yale legal scholar and former public defender examines the urgent debates surrounding the criminal justice system and its activities involving mass incarceration, aggressive police tactics and their impact on at-risk people of color and beleaguered law-enforcement officers. Illustrations. Index.
The Fire This Time
A New Generation Speaks about Race
Paperback ISBN: 1501126350
A surprise New York Times bestseller, these groundbreaking essays and poems about race—collected by National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward and written by the most important voices of her generation—are “thoughtful, searing, and at times, hopeful. The Fire This Time is vivid proof that words are important, because of their power to both cleanse and to clarify
I Can't Breathe
A Killing on Bay Street
Paperback ISBN: 081298885x
A work of riveting literary journalism that explores the roots and repercussions of the infamous killing of Eric Garner by the New York City police—from the bestselling author of The Divide NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST On July 17, 2014, a forty-three-year-old black man named Eric Garner died on a Staten Island sidewalk after a police officer put him in what has been described as an illegal chokehold during an arrest for selling bootleg cigarettes. The final moments of Garner’s life were captured on video and seen by millions. His agonized last words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry for the nascent Black Lives Matter protest movement. A grand jury ultimately declined to indict the officer who wrestled Garner to the pavement. Matt Taibbi’s deeply reported retelling of these events liberates Eric Garner from the abstractions of newspaper accounts and lets us see the man in full—with all his flaws and contradictions intact. A husband and father with a complicated personal history, Garner was neither villain nor victim, but a fiercely proud individual determined to do the best he could for his family, bedeviled by bad luck, and ultimately subdued by forces beyond his control. In America, no miscarriage of justice exists in isolation, of course, and in I Can’t Breathe Taibbi also examines the conditions that made this tragedy possible. Featuring vivid vignettes of life on the street and inside our Kafkaesque court system, Taibbi’s kaleidoscopic account illuminates issues around policing, mass incarceration, the underground economy, and racial disparity in law enforcement. No one emerges unsullied, from the conservative district attorney who half-heartedly prosecutes the case to the progressive mayor caught between the demands of outraged activists and the foot-dragging of recalcitrant police officials. A masterly narrative of urban America and a scathing indictment of the perverse incentives built into our penal system, I Can’t Breathe drills down into the particulars of one case to confront us with the human cost of our broken approach to dispensing criminal justice. “Brilliant . . . Taibbi is unsparing is his excoriation of the system, police, and courts. . . . This is a necessary and riveting work.”—Booklist (starred review)
The Audacity of Hope
Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
Paperback ISBN: 0307237702
The junior U.S. senator from Illinois speaks out to all Americans on how to transform U.S. politics, calling for a return to America's original ideals and revealing how they can be adapted to such controversial issues as globalization, the function of religion in public life, and the struggle to bring people together in a nation torn by differences. Reprint. 400,000 first printing.