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
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Annotation: A 2021 National Book Award Finalist With passion and precision, Kekla Magoon relays an essential account of the Black Pa... more
Catalog Number: #312255
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Pages: 400
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-536-21418-3 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-1274-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-536-21418-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-1274-8
Dewey: 973
Language: English
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Kirkus Reviews
An account of the origins and lasting impact of the militant organization that grew out of the oppression of Blacks in the United States.The Black Panther Party existed in mostly poor and low-income communities across the country from 1966 until 1982, advocating self-reliance and self-defense, particularly against aggressive policing. Magoon provides critical historical context, documenting the harsh, sometimes deadly efforts to control first the enslaved, then those who were freed when legal bondage ended. Despite legal changes brought by the civil rights movement, many communities suffered economic deprivation, societal challenges, and hostility from police and politicians, leading activists to see Black political power as an alternative. The Panthers took a holistic approach to improving Black communities by providing food, health, and education programs. Their rising influence elicited harassment from law enforcement, including often illegal FBI attempts to destroy them. Many of their leaders were imprisoned or killed in the process, weakening the party’s effectiveness. This comprehensive, meticulously researched volume helps readers understand the Panthers within the spectrum of Black resistance. The narrative is cinematic in its descriptions of the personalities and incidents that make up the party’s history while presenting a throughline to the anti-racist activism of today. The book’s attractive graphic design, with ample use of robin’s egg blue in contrast to dramatic black-and-white photographs, and with memorable quotes scattered throughout, makes it visually pleasing.The highly readable and not-to-be-missed story of America’s history and current reality. (key people, timeline, glossary, further reading, source notes, bibliography, image credits, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
An account of the origins and lasting impact of the militant organization that grew out of the oppression of Blacks in the United States.The Black Panther Party existed in mostly poor and low-income communities across the country from 1966 until 1982, advocating self-reliance and self-defense, particularly against aggressive policing. Magoon provides critical historical context, documenting the harsh, sometimes deadly efforts to control first the enslaved, then those who were freed when legal bondage ended. Despite legal changes brought by the civil rights movement, many communities suffered economic deprivation, societal challenges, and hostility from police and politicians, leading activists to see Black political power as an alternative. The Panthers took a holistic approach to improving Black communities by providing food, health, and education programs. Their rising influence elicited harassment from law enforcement, including often illegal FBI attempts to destroy them. Many of their leaders were imprisoned or killed in the process, weakening the party’s effectiveness. This comprehensive, meticulously researched volume helps readers understand the Panthers within the spectrum of Black resistance. The narrative is cinematic in its descriptions of the personalities and incidents that make up the party’s history while presenting a throughline to the anti-racist activism of today. The book’s attractive graphic design, with ample use of robin’s egg blue in contrast to dramatic black-and-white photographs, and with memorable quotes scattered throughout, makes it visually pleasing.The highly readable and not-to-be-missed story of America’s history and current reality. (key people, timeline, glossary, further reading, source notes, bibliography, image credits, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* The past couple of years have brought eye-opening social discourses and essential histories, such as Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped (2020), into the mainstream. To these Magoon adds a thorough history of the Black Panther Party, which incorporates the longstanding abuse of Black Americans, from slavery to today, and an examination of the civil rights movement and the shifting ethos that led to the Panthers' success, persecution, and demise. The book is exceedingly well researched, illustrated, and sourced s back matter of time lines, key persons, and resources can stand as its own subject guide d the writing is unapologetically candid about how people invested in upholding white supremacy and economic structures sought to thwart the success of Black communities, often breaking the law in order to do so. This truth makes the Panther's commitment to abiding by the law, pursuing education, and creating community-betterment programs all the more powerful, particularly when they were more popularly portrayed in the media as violent. Magoon dispels this misconception without ignoring problems within the party r truth-telling goes both ways. The vital contributions teenagers and women made to the party will strike a chord with today's youth, as will the overlap in Panther causes with those of today's racial justice movement. This rounded accounting of a pivotal but often-overlooked time in U.S. history should be widely read.
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Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 7-12

A 2021 National Book Award Finalist

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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