Sherrilyn Ifill is an American lawyer. She is a law professor and president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She is the Legal Defense Fund's seventh president since Thurgood Marshall founded the organization in 1940. Ifill is also a nationally recognized expert on voting rights and judicial selection.
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This investigative book uncovers how three US presidents and their military commanders misled the public for years about America's longest war in Afghanistan. From near-unanimous public support in the initial stages of the war to a mired guerrilla conflict, the mission lost sight of its original objectives. Based on over 1,000 interviews, the book exposes a distorted and fabricated version of the facts on the ground. The Washington Post documents reveal the shocking reality of leaders in the White House and the Pentagon admitting their failed strategies and how drugs and corruption took a stranglehold over allies in the Afghan government. This book is a searing indictment of deceit, blunders, and hubris of senior military and civilian officials that would change the way the conflict is remembered.
This is really a MUST READ today, and the book, The Afghanistan Papers is likely to be a core text for understanding what’s been going on. – source
Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue
My Life's Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union
The book is just wonderful. – source
A powerful memoir by a groundbreaking actress and cultural icon, sharing her true self in a candid and heartfelt way. Through her experiences on stage and screen, as well as her personal life as a daughter, mother, and friend, she reflects on the complexities of life and the intersection of race, gender, and faith. With a lifetime of wisdom to share, she tells her story with honesty and grace in this inspiring book.
#CicelyTyson’s autobiography is a must read. And while the cover photo is stunning, I literally gasped when I first opened the book & saw this photo I had never seen before of Tyson wearing the dress she wore to the NY premiere of #Sounder. The photo was taken by Lord Snowden. – source
Walking with the Wind is an epic firsthand account of the civil rights movement written by a true American hero - John Lewis. Witness the struggles, triumphs, and personalities of civil rights leaders from behind the scenes. From the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Lewis offers rare insights into what it was like to be at the epicenter of the movement. Arrested more than forty times, Lewis' poignant and honest writing is destined to become a classic in civil rights literature.
My copy of this book is EXTREMELY worn. I refer to it often. I regard it as an essential text of the Civil Rights Mvmt. It reveals the deep strategic thinking and critical observations of #JohnLewis in the work. He wasn’t just good & moral & dedicated. He was brilliant. – source
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A Chinese American family struggles to keep their delicate balance when their favorite child is found dead in a local lake. Secrets are revealed as the family tries to understand and connect with each other in this gripping and sensitive family portrait. A profound story of love, loss, and the struggles we face to understand one another.
@BronxRiverBooks @pronounced_ing I love this book. – source
Explore the truths and complexities behind the civil rights movement in A More Beautiful and Terrible History. Award-winning historian Jeanne Theoharis takes a critical look at the national mythology surrounding the movement, challenging the accepted stories and revealing the diversity of people who led it. Discover the courage, disruption, and perseverance of the activists who embraced an expansive vision of justice, facing immense barriers and repression. Through this insightful and powerful book, Theoharis showcases the beauty and scope of the movement, while highlighting the crucial work that still needs to be done.
As my annual summer reading intensive comes to an end, this brilliant book by @JeanneTheoharis is the one has most helped me make sense of the current moment, fully understand the forces arrayed against our work, & deepen my determination to persist no matter what. – source