Books of Knowledge

In “Chokehold: Policing Black Men,” Attorney Paul Butler Takes on Police Brutality

Author Paul Butler
Police brutality in the Black community is as old as law enforcement itself.  Former federal prosecutor Paul Butler speaks in depth on the issue in his new book, “Chokehold: Policing Black Men.”

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Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond

Author Marc Lamont Hill
Heralded as an essential text for our times, Marc Lamont Hill’s galvanizing work embodies the best traditions of scholarship, journalism, and storytelling to lift unheard voices and to address the necessary question, “how did we get here?”

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Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

Author Douglas A. Blackmon
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War

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Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

Author James Forman, Jr.
Forman shows us that the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office amid a surge in crime and drug addiction.

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Book Feature: False Black Power?

Author Jason L. Riley
Black civil rights leaders have long supported ethnic identity politics and prioritized the integration of political institutions, and seldom has that strategy been questioned.

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On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City

Author Alice Goffman
Alice Goffman spent six years in one Philadelphia neighborhood, documenting the routine stops, searches, raids, and beatings that young men navigate as they come of age.

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Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination

Author Herb Boyd
The author of Baldwin’s Harlem looks at the evolving culture, politics, economics, and spiritual life of Detroit—a blend of memoir, love letter, history, and clear-eyed reportage …

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Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

Author Ari Berman
There have been countless books written about the civil rights movement, but far less attention has been paid to what happened after the dramatic passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 …

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Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women

Authors Susan Burton & Cari Lynn
Forward by Michelle Alexander
One woman’s remarkable odyssey from tragedy to prison to recovery—and recognition as a leading figure in the national justice reform movement

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Author Michelle Alexander
The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status

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Book Review: Killers of the Flower Moon

Author David Grann
“Disturbing and riveting…Grann has proved himself a master of spinning delicious, many-layered mysteries that

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Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Author Ibram X. Kendi
Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism….

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