When They Call You a Terrorist : A Black Lives Matter Memoir
by Khan-Cullors, Patrisse; Bandele, Asha; Davis, Angela (FRW)

Angela Davis
PART ONE All the Bones We Could Find
Introduction: We Are Stardust
1 Community, Interrupted
2 Twelve
3 Bloodlines
4 Magnitude and Bond
5 Witness
6 Out in the World
7 All the Bones We Could Find
PART TWO Black Lives Matter
8 Zero Dark Thirty: The Remix
9 No Ordinary Love
10 Dignity and Power. Now
11 Black Lives Matter
12 Raid
13 A Call, a Response
14 #SayHerName
15 Black Futures
16 When They Call You a Terrorist

A memoir by the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement explains the movement's position of love, humanity, and justice, challenging perspectives that have negatively labeled the movement's activists while calling for essential political changes.

Patrisse Khan-Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighterfrom Los Angeles, CA. Cofounder of Black Lives Matter, she is also aperformance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker, and the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize recipient.

asha bandele is the award-winning author of The Prisoner's Wife and several other works. Honored for her work in journalism and activism, asha is a mother, aformer senior editor at Essence and asenior director at the Drug Policy Alliance.

*Starred Review* Khan-Cullors, a self-described "artist, organizer, freedom fighter" as well as a Fulbright scholar and recipient of the Sidney Peace Prize, recounts, with coauthor bandele, her personal experiences and those as a founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Khan-Cullors delineates the harsh realities she faced growing up in Los Angeles in the late 1990s and early 2000s, from her mother working three jobs and still not able to earn a living wage to the grievous harm the war on drugs did to so many young black men, including her relatives and friends. She focuses on her fight to support one of her brothers, who showed signs of mental illness and received no professional help until after he endured multiple school suspensions, criminal arrests, and police torture. Khan-Cullors credits her success to the education she received in charter arts schools and with community activist groups. She then chronicles how she, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tomrti use social media, the arts, and civil activism to respond to the killings of two young black men, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, and how that led to the founding of Black Lives Matter. With great candor about her complex personal life, Khan-Cullors has created a memoir as compelling as a page-turning novel.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This topical and unique look inside the Black Lives Matter movement will be supported by a major marketing effort and a 250,000 first print run. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

A founder of Black Lives Matter chronicles growing up sensitive and black in a country militarized against her community.With assistance from Bandele (Something Like Beautiful: One Single Mother's Story, 2009, etc.), Khan-Cullors synthesizes memoir and polemic to discuss oppressive policing and mass imprisonment, the hypocrisy of the drug war, and other aspects of white privilege, portraying the social network-based activism of BLM and like-minded groups as the only rational response to American-style apartheid. She argues repeatedly and powerfully that mechanisms have evolved to ensnare working-class people of color from childhood, while white Americans are afforded leniency in their youthful trespasses. She learned of such hidden codes early, and she documents her hardscrabble but vibrant upbringing in segregated, suburban Los Angeles during the 1980s. The drug war's resurgence, and a newly punitive attitude toward the poor, cast a shadow over the lives of her endlessly wor king mother and her male relatives: "[My brother] and his friends—really all of us—were out there trying to stay safe against the onslaught of adults who, Vietnam-like, saw the enemy as anyone Black or Brown." Her perspective was amplified by attending segregated, gifted schools in adjoining white suburbs, where she explored the arts and acknowledged her queer sexuality while developing a passion for social organizing. Later, her outrage over the unpunished killings of Trayvon Martin and others led her and two friends to brainstorm a new, viral social justice movement: "We know we want whatever we create to have global reach." The author's passion is undeniable and infectious, but the many summary-based passages sometimes feel repetitive, and the concrete narrative of BLM's expanding activism is underdeveloped. Since she emphasizes her organizational focus as prioritizing the role of women of color and LBGT or gender-nonconforming individuals, the audience for th i s socially relevant jeremiad may be limited. Not without flaws but an important account of coming of age (and rage) within today's explosive racial dynamic. Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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