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Author Lebron, Christopher J., author.

Title The making of Black lives matter : a brief history of an idea / Christopher J. Lebron.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]


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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  305.896 LEBRON    Check Shelf
 Farmington, Main Library - Adult Department  305.896 LEB    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  305.896 LEB    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  305.896073 LE    Check Shelf
Description xxii, 187 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: naming the dead in the name of the living -- American shame and real freedom -- Cultural control against social control: the radical possibilities of the Harlem Renaissance -- For our sons, daughters, and all concerned souls -- Where is the love? the hope for America's redemption -- The radical lessons we have not yet learned -- Afterword: nobody's protest essay.
Summary Started in the wake of George Zimmerman's 2013 acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin, the #BlackLivesMatter movement has become a powerful and uncompromising campaign demanding redress for the brutal and unjustified treatment of black bodies by law enforcement in the United States. The movement is only a few years old, but as Christopher J. Lebron argues in this book, the sentiment behind it is not; the plea and demand that "Black Lives Matter" comes out of a much older and richer tradition arguing for the equal dignity--and not just equal rights--of black people. The Making of Black Lives Matter presents a condensed and accessible intellectual history that traces the genesis of the ideas that have built into the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Drawing on the work of revolutionary black public intellectuals, including Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, Langston Hughes, Zora Neal Hurston, Anna Julia Cooper, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Lebron clarifies what it means to assert that "Black Lives Matter" when faced with contemporary instances of anti-black law enforcement. He also illuminates the crucial difference between the problem signaled by the social media hashtag and how we think that we ought to address the problem. As Lebron states, police body cameras, or even the exhortation for civil rights mean nothing in the absence of equality and dignity. To upset dominant practices of abuse, oppression and disregard, we must reach instead for radical sensibility. Radical sensibility requires that we become cognizant of the history of black thought and activism in order to make sense of the emotions, demands, and argument of present-day activists and public thinkers. Only in this way can we truly embrace and pursue the idea of racial progress in America. -- Inside jacket flap.
Subject Black lives matter movement.
African Americans -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
African Americans -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
Equality -- United States.
Racism -- United States.
United States -- Race relations.
African Americans -- Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst00799659
African Americans -- Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst00799698
Black lives matter movement. (OCoLC)fst01940193
Equality. (OCoLC)fst00914456
Race relations. (OCoLC)fst01086509
Racism. (OCoLC)fst01086616
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Race relations.
African Americans -- Social conditions.
African Americans -- Politics and government.
United States.
HISTORY / African American.
Chronological Term 2000-2099
ISBN 9780190601348 (hardcover ;) (alkaline paper)
0190601345 (hardcover ;) (alkaline paper)
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