Tag archive

civil rights

Podcast: James Forman Jr. on Political Activism

in Podcasts by

The Wall Street Journal says, “If we are going to have a national conversation about race in the United States, a book like [James Forman Jr.’s] Locking Up Our Own ought to set the tone.” The Yale Law School professor, former public defender, and charter school founder brings his experience to the complex minefield topic of race and incarceration in his first book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. James and Roxanne explored the intricacies of political activism and the role it plays today. They also discuss the current gun debate, the decriminalization of marijuana, and James’ father, the civil rights leader James Forman Sr. Stay tuned next week for Part 2 of our conversation with James Forman Jr. Want more BookTrib? Sign…

Keep Reading

13 Books You Absolutely Must Read Before Seeing Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’

in Non-Fiction by

The Summer of ’67 was a unique time in America’s history that some fondly remember as a season full of love, music and flower power. Still, for others in major American cities, that summer was awash in civil unrest, where waves of injustice led to rebellion and social change. A new film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter and Algee Smith re-enacts the 1967 incident at Algiers Motel in Detroit that left three young men dead. This event marked a turning point in the civil rights movement when lost innocence gave way to a revolution now undeterred by fear. The youth of the day had seen the worst and they were ready to fight so in…

Keep Reading

12 Martin Luther King Jr. quotes that are amazingly appropriate for our time

in Non-Fiction by

The world knows the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ’s famous “I have a dream,” speech. The idea of judging someone not by the color of their skin has become a defining cultural sentiment. But Dr. Martin Luther King was also a revolutionary who wasn’t afraid to speak truth to power in soaring rhetoric that remains timeless today. During these difficult times, he still has much to teach us and is a continuing source of inspiration. So, in honor of his birthday, and beyond “I have a dream,” here are 10 of his lesser-known, but amazing prophetic quotes that speak to the present day. We will be … attending rallies without end unless there is a significant and profound change…

Keep Reading

Malcolm X’s story retold by his daughter for a new generation

in Non-Fiction by

Decades after the civil rights movement exploded across America, as our country still struggles with the challenges of its seemingly bottomless racial rift, a new novel based on the life of Malcolm X’s young adulthood, written by the daughter of the iconic civil rights leader, is set to hit the bookshelves. The book, X: A Novel (Candlewick Press, 2015), coincides with the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination in New York City on February 21, 1965. As a young boy, Malcolm is told by his parents that he can achieve anything, but life seems to be telling him something else. Malcolm’s father is killed when the boy is just six, and at age 13, he sees his mother taken away…

Keep Reading

Go to Top