Books: Non-Fiction

Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People

Book — Non-Fiction. By Kekla Magoon. 2021.
An account of militant revolutionaries and human rights advocates working to defend and protect their community.

Time Periods: 1961, 1975
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity

The Panthers’ story has often long 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.

In Revolution in Our Time, a comprehensive 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.

This book puts the Panthers in the proper context of Black U.S. history, from the first arrival of enslaved people to the Black Lives Matter movement of today. Magoon’s 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. [Adapted from the publisher.]

ISBN: 9781536214185 | Candlewick Press

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