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From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

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The eruption of mass protests in the wake of the police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City have challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against Black people and punctured the illusion of a postracial America. The Black Lives Matter movement has awakened a new generation of activists.

In this stirring and insightful analysis, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and Black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation.


Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes and speaks on Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States. She is the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, which won the 2016 Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book, and the editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective. Her writing has been featured in the New York Times, the GuardianSoulsCulture and SocietyJacobinNew PoliticsIn These TimesBlack Agenda ReportMs.International Socialist Review, and many other publications. She is assistant professor in the department of African American Studies at Princeton University.



ISBN: 9781608465620

February 2016