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As one of the founding organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement, Patrisse Cullors describes personal encounters with law enforcement and the criminal justice system that have precipitated her resolve to broadcast the message that Black Lives Matter. Exploring the intersection of gender, race, age, able-bodiedness, economics, housing, association and politics, the work co-authored by Asha Bandele (a journalist and poet) provides critical insights into how media messaging is used to frame public discourse. The entire work paints a canvas of incredulity about injustice but the chapters titled “Twelve” and “Bloodlines” go straight to the heart of the matter: what we are called and who we are are impossibly intertwined when self-concepts remain uncertain. This is a book about being liberated from labels that maintain hegemony. NECESSARY reading for any racial literacy initiatives, this book offers many of the same warning made by revolutionary writers & thinkers of the 1950s and 1960s. The volume is a reclamation of sorts and deserves to be read, reread, listened to and digested in conversations large or small. Highly recommended. 

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