On the Other Side of Freedom

On the Other Side of Freedom

The Case for Hope

Book - 2018
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"Drawing from his own experiences, DeRay Mckesson, the civil rights activist and organizer, offers ways for all Americans to work to dismantle the legacy of racism and to take responsibility for imagining and building a better world"--
"We have never been the voiceless, proclaims activist DeRay Mckesson, we have been the unheard. And the message that must now be heard is that inequality is neither hardwired nor inevitable. We have a system that was designed to favor some at the expense of others, and because it was designed, it can be redesigned. Indeed, we can live in a society of equity, justice, and joy. In August 2014, twenty-nine-year-old Mckesson stood with hundreds of others on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri to demand just such a society. These protests, and others like them in cities across the country, resulted in the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. Now, in his first book, Mckesson lays out an incisive new framework for today's liberation movement. Breathing new life into the conversation about activism, resistance, and justice while examining our nation's complex history, he dissects how deliberate oppression persists, how racial injustice strips our lives of promise, and how technology has added a new dimension to mass action and social change. Honest, courageous, and imaginative, [this book] is a work brimming with hope. Drawing from his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckesson exhorts all Americans to work to dismantle the legacy of racism and to imagine the best of what is possible. Honoring the voices of a new generation of activists, On the Other Side of Freedom is a visionary's call to active citizenship, challenging us to take responsibility for imagining, and then building, the world we want to live in. The moral arc of the universe will bend toward justice, he argues, only if we bend it."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525560326
Branch Call Number: 323.092 MCKES
Characteristics: xiv, 220 pages ; 22 cm


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