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Revolution in Our Time
The Black Panther Party's Promise to the People
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A National Book Award FinalistA Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor BookA Michael L. Printz Honor BookA Walter Dean Myers Honor Book With passion and precision, Kekla Magoon relays an essential...
A National Book Award FinalistA Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor BookA Michael L. Printz Honor BookA Walter Dean Myers Honor Book With passion and precision, Kekla Magoon relays an essential...
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  • A National Book Award Finalist
    A Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book
    A Michael L. Printz Honor Book
    A Walter Dean Myers Honor Book
    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.
    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.

 

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  • Kekla Magoon enjoys reading outdoors, solving puzzles, and eating ice cream. She has written more than a dozen acclaimed books for children and teens, including The Season of Styx Malone, How It Went Down, Light It Up, X: A Novel (with Ilyasah Shabazz), and the Robyn Hoodlum Adventures series. Recognitions for her work include the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, an NAACP Image Award, three Coretta Scott King Honors, the National Book Award Long List selection, as well as the Margaret A. Edwards Award for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. Her office houses her pet turtle and appears cluttered at first glance, but that's just part of her cover—her superpower is organizing thoughts and ideas! You can find her online at keklamagoon.com.

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  • Kirkus

    August 1, 2021
    An account of the origins and lasting impact of the militant organization that grew out of the oppression of Blacks in the United States. The Black Panther Party existed in mostly poor and low-income communities across the country from 1966 until 1982, advocating self-reliance and self-defense, particularly against aggressive policing. Magoon provides critical historical context, documenting the harsh, sometimes deadly efforts to control first the enslaved, then those who were freed when legal bondage ended. Despite legal changes brought by the civil rights movement, many communities suffered economic deprivation, societal challenges, and hostility from police and politicians, leading activists to see Black political power as an alternative. The Panthers took a holistic approach to improving Black communities by providing food, health, and education programs. Their rising influence elicited harassment from law enforcement, including often illegal FBI attempts to destroy them. Many of their leaders were imprisoned or killed in the process, weakening the party's effectiveness. 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. The book's attractive graphic design, with ample use of robin's egg blue in contrast to dramatic black-and-white photographs, and with memorable quotes scattered throughout, makes it visually pleasing. The highly readable and not-to-be-missed story of America's history and current reality. (key people, timeline, glossary, further reading, source notes, bibliography, image credits, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from August 16, 2021
    In this powerful history, Magoon (Light It Up) presents an incisive, in-depth study of the Black Panther Party. Detailed, accessible text includes ample context around the BPP’s rise and fall, starting with a history of slavery, emancipation, and segregation before diving into the civil rights and Black Power movements and ending with Black Lives Matter. While offering nuanced information about the group’s self-defense stance (“capable of fighting back, but would prefer not to fight at all”), Magoon also describes the community programs that the party created for Black people, its dedication to ensuring all of its actions were legal, and the lengths to which the U.S. government and local law officials went to destroy the party. Photographs, newspaper clippings, and Black Panther art are featured throughout, providing visual breaks that inform while contributing to a pace that is digestible for young readers. Back matter includes an author’s note explaining the importance of young people in creating lasting change, a timeline of the events mentioned, glossaries of key people and terms, and a list of sources and further reading. Ages 12–up. Agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown.

  • Booklist

    September 1, 2021
    Grades 7-12 *Starred Review* The past couple of years have brought eye-opening social discourses and essential histories, such as Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped (2020), into the mainstream. To these Magoon adds a thorough history of the Black Panther Party, which incorporates the longstanding abuse of Black Americans, from slavery to today, and an examination of the civil rights movement and the shifting ethos that led to the Panthers' success, persecution, and demise. The book is exceedingly well researched, illustrated, and sourced--its back matter of time lines, key persons, and resources can stand as its own subject guide--and the writing is unapologetically candid about how people invested in upholding white supremacy and economic structures sought to thwart the success of Black communities, often breaking the law in order to do so. This truth makes the Panther's commitment to abiding by the law, pursuing education, and creating community-betterment programs all the more powerful, particularly when they were more popularly portrayed in the media as violent. Magoon dispels this misconception without ignoring problems within the party--her truth-telling goes both ways. The vital contributions teenagers and women made to the party will strike a chord with today's youth, as will the overlap in Panther causes with those of today's racial justice movement. This rounded accounting of a pivotal but often-overlooked time in U.S. history should be widely read.

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