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Never forget our people were always free : a parable of American healing  Cover Image Book Book

Never forget our people were always free : a parable of American healing / Ben Jealous.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062961747
  • ISBN: 0062961748
  • Physical Description: 243 pages ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York City : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2022]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Trouble in the air -- Who is my family? -- History as a riddle -- Discovering the roots of race -- Making it to 21 -- Finding friends in Mississippi -- The personal perils of peacemaking -- Making the wounded whole -- A pandemic ignored -- Beyondblack and white -- A forgotten history of race -- Biracial politics and betrayal -- Serial (killer) mistakes -- One in the White House, one million or two in the big house -- The NAACP in the whitest state in the union -- Courage and solidarity.
Summary, etc.:
"'One of the nation's most prominent civil rights leaders' (Washington Post), a New York Times bestselling author, community organizer, investigative journalist, Ivy League professor, and former head of the NAACP, Ben Jealous draws from a life lived on America's racial fault line to deliver a series of gripping and lively parables that call on each of us to reconcile, heal, and work fearlessly to make America one nation. Never Forget Our People Were Always Free illuminates for each of us how the path to healing America's broken heart starts with each of us having the courage to heal our own.The son of parents who had to leave Maryland because their cross-racial marriage was illegal, Ben Jealous' lively, courageous and empathetic storytelling calls on every American to look past deeply-cut divisions and recognize we are all in the same boat now. Along the way Jealous grapples with hidden American mysteries, including: Why do white men die from suicide more often than black men die from murder? How did racial profiling kill an American president? What happens when a Ku Klux Klansman wrestles with what Jesus actually said? How did Dave Chappelle know the DC Snipers were Black? Why shouldn't the civil rights movement give up on rednecks? When is what we have collectively forgotten about race more important than what we actually know? What do the most indecipherable things our elders say tell us about ourselves? Told as a series of parables, Never Forget Our People Were Always Free features intimate glimpses of political, and faith leaders as different as Jack Kemp, Stacey Abrams, and the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu and heroes as unlikely as a retired constable, a female pirate from Madagascar, a long lost Irishman, a death row inmate, and a man with a confederate flag over his heart. More than anything, Never Forget Our People Were Always Free offers readers hope America's oldest wounds can heal and her oldest divisions be overcome"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Jealous, Benjamin Todd, 1973-
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People > Biography.
African American civil rights workers > Biography.
African American politicians > Biography.
Civil rights workers > United States > Biography.
African Americans > Social conditions.
United States > Race relations.
United States > Politics and government > 21st century.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 323.092 JEALOUS 2023 (Text) 0001012503505 Nonfiction New Available -

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