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

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

by Kekla Magoon


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A National Book Award Finalist
A Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book
A Michael L. Printz Honor Book
A Walter Dean Myers Honor Book

With passion and precision, Kekla Magoon relays an essential account of the Black Panthers—as militant revolutionaries and as human rights advocates working to defend and protect their community.

In this comprehensive, inspiring, and all-too-relevant 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. For too long the Panthers’ story has 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.

Revolution in Our Time puts the Panthers in the proper context of Black American history, from the first arrival of enslaved people to the Black Lives Matter movement of today. Kekla Magoon’s eye-opening 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781536214185
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 11/08/2021
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 34,936
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kekla Magoon's young adult novel The Rock and the River, which won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award, was the first mainstream novel for young people to feature the Black Panther Party. She is the Margaret A. Edwards Award-winning author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including Fire in the Streets and How It Went Down. She is also the coauthor, with Ilyasah Shabazz, of X: A Novel, which was long-listed for the National Book Award and received an NAACP Image Award and a Coretta Scott King Honor. Kekla Magoon grew up in Indiana and now lives in Vermont, where she serves on the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Table of Contents

Preface viii

Spark: May 2, 1967 1

1 Shattering the Status Quo 3

Kindling: 1619-1965 11

2 The Dark Past 13

3 Separate but Equal 27

4 Shall We Overcome? 39

5 The Aggressive Alternative 55

Blaze: 1966-1982 71

6 Picking Up the Gun 73

7 A Cold Reception 89

8 Filling the Ranks 97

9 Off the Pigs! 115

10 Death of the King 133

11 Going National 143

12 Life in the Party 155

13 Survival Pending Revolution 173

14 All Power to the People 185

15 The Wrath of COINTELPRO 197

16 Traitors in the Ranks 213

17 Political Prisoners 225

18 The Split 239

19 Last Gasp 257

Embers: 1982-Present 273

20 The Post-Panther Decades 275

21 Legacy 299

Authors Note Revolution in Our Time 309

Acknowledgments 317

Key People 318

Time Line 324

Glossary 326

Further Reading 329

Source Notes 333

Bibliography 365

Image Credits 376

Copyright Acknowledgments 382

Index 383

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