Library Journal Review
A foreword by Angela Davis opens this powerful memoir by Khan-Cullors, one of the three founding women of the Black Lives Matter movement. Part 1 describes her childhood in L.A. during the height of the late 1980s/early 1990s war on drugs, when police rained constant surveillance and harassment upon her poor, predominantly black neighborhood. Khan-Cullors describes, in wrenching detail, the severe exacerbation of her brother Monte's schizoaffective disorder through multiple violent arrests and torturous incarceration, alongside the effects of criminalization upon friends, father figures, and her younger self. Part 2 centers the galvanization of her community organizing experience into Black Lives Matter, a Facebook comment-turned-collective action sparked by the murder of Trayvon Martin and fanned by subsequent acts of police brutality. Khan-Cullors's prose is dynamic; a rhythmic call to action that deftly illustrates the impact of living in a place that systematically demeans black personhood through neglect and aggressively racist state policy. The text also serves as an informal resource guide, with notable activists and artists cited in chapter headings and referenced throughout. VERDICT This searing, timely look into a contemporary movement from one of its crucial leading voices belongs in all collections.-Ashleigh Williams, School Library Journal © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.