When They Call You A Terrorist

When They Call You A Terrorist

A Story of Black Lives Matter and the Power to Change the World

Book - 2020
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"This is the story of how the movement that started with a hashtag--#BlackLivesMatter--spread across the nation and then across the world and the journey that led one of its co-founders, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, to this moment. Patrisse Khan-Cullors grew up in an over-policed United States where incarceration of Black people runs rampant. Surrounded by police brutality, she gathered the tools and lessons that would lead her on to found one of the most powerful movements in the world. This is her story. Necessary and timely, 'When They Call You a Terrorist' reminds us that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love: that love is the push to search for justice for those victimized by the powerful. With journal entries, photos and notes that show the formation of an activist from a very young age, this meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience seeks to change the culture that declares innocent Black life expendable"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Wednesday Books, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781250194985
1250194989
9781250194992
Branch Call Number: 323.092/KHAN
Characteristics: xviii, 245 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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STPL_JessH Oct 17, 2020

I absolutely love this book. It's incredibly moving and I cried more than once. For perhaps the first time ever, I listened to an audiobook in one sitting. I just could not press stop. This is the audio equivalent of being unable to put a book down.

Patrisse Khan-Cullors is so very conscientious of tone in her work. She writes with compassion and grace whether she is angry, sad, delighted, or any one of the other many emotions that arise when experiencing and combatting injustice. She does not shy away from truth or the feelings that accompany it and there is no attempt to "dress up" a situation for a reading audience. This is a welcome change from other memoirs where authors seem to care more about being marketable than anything else. Instead, it seems as though When They Call You a Terrorist is an attempt to record lived experience in community, for community, and because of community. My description does not even come close to accurately defining my reading experience.

Please read this book. Then give it to everyone you know to read.

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