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Rashad Robinson is an American civil rights leader and nonprofit executive. He serves as president of Color Of Change, having joined the organization in May 2011.
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The Sum of Us
What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
Heather McGhee - 2021-02-16
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Explore how racism has a cost for everyone, not just people of color, in this powerful analysis of inequality. Economist Heather McGhee takes us on a deeply personal journey across America, detailing how racism has contributed to collapsing public infrastructure, stagnant wages, and increased inequality. But where there is division, there is also solidarity. Through unlikely stories of hope and unity, The Sum of Us offers a new vision for a better America, where racism's devastating costs are finally understood by all.
Rashad Robinson
Heather’s new book is a powerful reminder that fighting racism doesn’t just benefit Black people or people of color, but is something that brings great benefit to every American. It serves as a much needed call to action in this post-uprisings, post-Capitol insurrection America where race is being pitched by conservatives as a zero-sum game.      source
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The Prophets
Robert Jones Jr. - 2021-01-05
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This stunning debut novel delves into the forbidden love between two young enslaved men on a Deep South plantation, and the betrayal that threatens to destroy them. Isaiah and Samuel find refuge and intimacy in each other, transforming their barn into a place of solace in a world ruled by vicious masters. However, when an older slave seeks to curry favor by preaching the master's gospel, Isaiah and Samuel's love is seen as a danger to the plantation's harmony. With lyrical writing reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones Jr. gives voice to both the enslaved and their oppressors in a story of pain and suffering, inheritance, and the heroic power of love.
Rashad Robinson
This is my newest read. I’m half way in and already loving this book. I don’t get to read fiction too often, but when I do, it’s refreshing to see new stories being told like this one, of the love and struggles of a gay enslaved couple.      source
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Vintage Black Glamour
Nichelle Gainer - 2014-09-30
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Explore the history of Black glamour with this groundbreaking book! Through rarely seen photographs and insightful biographies, discover the famous actors, dancers, writers, and entertainers who worked in the 20th-century entertainment industry but rarely appeared in the same publications as their white counterparts. From Josephine Baker to Diana Ross, and many more influential artists, Vintage Black Glamour uncovers the forgotten stories of Black stars and is a must-have addition to Black history archives.
Rashad Robinson
We all need a bit of elegance in our life and Nichelle serves it up the best way possible. I keep this book literally on my coffee table and open it up whenever I need a pop of inspiration. Black joy and beauty must be central to racial justice work, and this book brings both.      source
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The Taste of Country Cooking
The 30th Anniversary Edition of a Great Southern Classic Cookbook
Edna Lewis - 2006-08-01 (first published in 1976)
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Experience the taste of authentic American country cooking with menus for the four seasons. Edna Lewis shares her family's delightful preparations of fresh ingredients, celebrating the joys of each special time of year, from the first shad and wild mushrooms of spring to roasted sweet potatoes and warm apple pie in fall. With detailed recipes and personal reminiscences, you'll feel the sense of community and hard work that rewarded them with good food. Recreate this lost time in America in your own kitchen, and savor the delightful flavors of the past.
Rashad Robinson
Anyone who knows me knows I love to cook, and Edna Lewis brings together two things that should always go hand and hand: cooking and storytelling. It really is true, the best stories are told around the dinner table.      source
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Black Liberation in Conservative America
Manning Marable - 1999-07-01 (first published in 1997)
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Discover a powerful and thought-provoking collection of essays on the crises and challenges facing black America in the midst of conservatism. Written by an esteemed scholar/activist, these essays confront the realities of the 21st century and offer bold insight into the fight for black liberation.
Rashad Robinson
This collection of essays may have been published in the 90’s, but it’s more relevant than ever. The future of Black liberation needs us to understand the ways conservatism impacts Black communities.      source
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The Fire Next Time
James Baldwin - 1993-02-01 (first published in 1963)
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Explore the disturbing consequences of racial injustice in this intensely personal and provocative book, which galvanized the civil rights movement upon its publication in 1963. The Fire Next Time includes two powerful "letters," urging both black and white Americans to confront the legacy of racism. Described as a "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle" in searing prose, this book is a literary classic that continues to resonate today.
Rashad Robinson
This is a classic, a must read for anyone interested in Black liberation and racial justice work. Fair warning, it’s not the book that will always make you feel good. But these two passionate essays will challenge you to take an honest look at the world around you.      source
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The Man Who Sold America
Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story
Joy-Ann Reid - 2020-06-30 (first published in 2019)
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"The Man Who Sold America" by Joy-Ann Reid delves into the impact of Donald Trump's presidency and questions if he's running the longest con in US history. Reid examines how he won the presidency with his divisive tactics and how his self-dealing, scandal, and corruption has affected America's global stature and national identity. With interviews with thought leaders and in-depth analysis, Reid locates the Trump era within the context of modern history and examines whether America can undo the damage he has done. This deeply pertinent analysis reveals the causes and consequences of the Trump presidency and what the future may hold.
Rashad Robinson
Enjoyed this @salon conversation between @joyannreid and @DeanObeidallah. Joy’s book, The Man Who Sold America is a reminder of everything that happened during Trump’s campaign and puts it in context. It’s a must-read.      source
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The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration
Emily Bazelon - 2019-04-09
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Explore the unchecked power of prosecutors in America's mass incarceration crisis with "Charged" by Emily Bazelon. In this eye-opening book, Bazelon reveals how prosecutors hold the upper hand in the legal system and make decisions that determine people's fates. However, she also offers hope by showcasing a new wave of reform-minded prosecutors who are taking office and fighting for justice and mercy. Dive into this timely and important work that sheds light on the missing piece of the mass incarceration puzzle.
Rashad Robinson
Elected leaders cannot be rewarded for putting as many Black bodies in jail as possible. This book by @emilybazelon about how politicians used “tough on crime” policies to further their careers, at the expense of Black communities, is a must-read.      source