Black Lives Have Always Mattered: A Collection of Essays, Poems, and Personal Narratives (2LP explorations in diversity ;)

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BLACK LIVES HAVE ALWAYS MATTERED, A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS, POEMS AND PERSONAL NARRATIVES, edited by Abiodun Oyewole, extends beyond the Black Lives Matter movement’s primary agenda of police brutality to acknowledge that even when affronted with slavery, segregation and Jim Crow, racial injustice and inequality, black lives have always mattered. This anthology of essays, personal narratives, poetry and prose is organized into five sections: “Mourning Black Lives That Mattered,” “Black Skin/White Masks,” “Black Spaces/Black Places,” “Black Lives Remembered/ Reclaimed,” and “The Legacy of Black Protest Continues” that addresses a wide range of hot-button issues that disproportionately impact the black community. While written primarily by African American poets, writers, activists and scholars, selections are also from people of the Latino and African diasporas, and white activists. Collectively, these 79 contributors provide a call-to-action that challenges readers to confront long-held values and beliefs about black lives, as well as white privilege and fragility, as it surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and its persistence of structural inequality. More importantly, BLACK LIVES HAVE ALWAYS MATTERED provides a first-hand perspective to a problem known to the African American community long before the Black Lives Matter movement revealed it to the general public that black lives have always mattered. Connecting the past to the present, the contributors of BLACK LIVES HAVE ALWAYS MATTERED provide an eye-opening and engaging collection that has the potential to reignite a broader push for black liberation and equality for all.

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  1. Wordaholic

    This powerful collection of thought provoking prose and poetry is just what we need in this turbulent time. It is a hand reaching into the dark pit to pull us into the light. It is a cry of truth: Black Lives HAVE always mattered. If you didn’t know, now you know.

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  2. Jane Perill

    There is a lot of misunderstanding about the expression “Black Lives Matter.” This collection helps the reader understand the history out of which the movement came. The poems, personal narratives, and essays here demonstrate that the black experience is not monolithic. It is, however, made up of human beings faced with similar issues–threats to their very existence which have long, long roots. Publisher Gabrielle David and editor Abiodun Oyewole, themselves poets, have chosen strong pieces from well-published writers as well as newcomers. This collection belongs in the classroom and in the home library as a testament to the voices of our time.

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    Black Lives Have Always Mattered: A Collection of Essays, Poems, and Personal Narratives (2LP explorations in diversity ;)
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