One of our recommended books is Revolution in Our Time by Kekla Magoon

REVOLUTION IN OUR TIME

The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People


In this comprehensive, inspiring, and all-too-relevant history of the Black Panther Party, Kekla Magoon introduces readers to the Panthers’ community activism, grounded in the concept of self-defense, which taught Black Americans how to protect and support themselves in a country that treated them like second-class citizens. For too long the Panthers’ story has been a footnote to the civil rights movement rather than what it was: a revolutionary socialist movement that drew thousands of members—mostly women—and became the target of one of the most sustained repression efforts ever made by the U.S. government against its own citizens.

Revolution in Our Time puts the Panthers in the proper context of Black American history,

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In this comprehensive, inspiring, and all-too-relevant history of the Black Panther Party, Kekla Magoon introduces readers to the Panthers’ community activism, grounded in the concept of self-defense, which taught Black Americans how to protect and support themselves in a country that treated them like second-class citizens. For too long the Panthers’ story has been a footnote to the civil rights movement rather than what it was: a revolutionary socialist movement that drew thousands of members—mostly women—and became the target of one of the most sustained repression efforts ever made by the U.S. government against its own citizens.

Revolution in Our Time puts the Panthers in the proper context of Black American history, from the first arrival of enslaved people to the Black Lives Matter movement of today. Kekla Magoon’s eye-opening work invites a new generation of readers grappling with injustices in the United States to learn from the Panthers’ history and courage, inspiring them to take their own place in the ongoing fight for justice.

With passion and precision, Kekla Magoon relays an essential account of the Black Panthers—as militant revolutionaries and as human rights advocates working to defend and protect their community.
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  • Candlewick Press
  • Hardcover
  • September 2021
  • 400 Pages
  • 9781536214185

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About Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon is the author of Revolution in Our TimeKekla Magoon’s young adult novel The Rock and the River, which won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award, was the first mainstream novel for young people to feature the Black Panther Party. She is the Margaret A. Edwards Award-winning author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including Fire in the Streets and How It Went Down. She is also the coauthor, with Ilyasah Shabazz, of X: A Novel, which was long-listed for the National Book Award and received an NAACP Image Award and a Coretta Scott King Honor. Kekla Magoon grew up in Indiana and now lives in Vermont, where she serves on the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Praise

A 2021 National Book Award Long List Selection

“This comprehensive, meticulously researched volume helps readers understand the Panthers within the spectrum of Black resistance. The narrative is cinematic in its descriptions of the personalities and incidents that make up the party’s history while presenting a throughline to the anti-racist activism of today. Highly readable and not-to-be-missed.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Powerful…an incisive, in-depth study of the Black Panther Party.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A comprehensive and all-encompassing account of the group. . . .Invaluable for both individual and classroom reading.” The Horn Book (starred review)

“Exceedingly well researched, illustrated, and sourced. . . This rounded accounting of a pivotal but often-overlooked time in U.S. history should be widely read.” Booklist (starred review)

 

Excerpt

PREFACE

 

When people talk about the Black Panthers, sometimes they speak in hushed tones, as if history itself could overhear. As if the Panthers are a secret no one should talk about. For many years, Americans have looked away from the Black Panthers’ legacy, and because people have looked away, many have forgotten who and what the Panthers really were.

The Black Panther Party was a nationwide organization that existed in Black communities in the United States from 1966 until 1982. The Panthers played several roles: they were civil rights and human rights activists, militant revolutionaries, and community organizers, and they were also a political party. They taught Black Americans how to fend for themselves in a country that treated them like second-class citizens, where police officers and politicians often failed to protect people but abused their power instead. The Panthers committed to defending Black people— with weapons, but also with education and with services designed to raise families out of abject poverty. They were one manifestation of a widespread belief that the passive resistance tactics of the civil rights movement were no longer effective.

The Panthers’ decision to advocate self-defense was controversial at the time, and it remains controversial. But one thing cannot be denied: in the midst of one of the most turbulent times their country had ever faced, the Panthers took a stand. Their actions drew thousands of followers and brought the attention of the entire nation to their movement, making them the target of one of the most sustained and organized repression efforts ever made by the U.S. government against its own citizens. The Panthers fought a revolution in their time, just as we are fighting one in ours.

They were called troublemakers, terrorists, and branded as anti-American, but the truth of their work belies these labels. They boldly claimed their place at the vanguard of a centuries-old fight for equality, and their legacy continues to lead the way forward. The story of the Black Panther Party is one of violence and heartbreak and struggle and conviction. It is the story of a group of young people who set out to change the world around them— in very radical ways.