Our Movement, Our Lives
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/01/2019
Year Published: 2019
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23471
Review of a history of the Black Lives Matter movement, both nationally and locally.
Making All Black Lives Matter:
Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-first Century
By Barbara Ransby
University of California Press, 2018, 240 pages, paper $18.95, ebook $16.95
Barbara Ransby's new book dives into the ideas, lives and struggles of those who launched various aspects of the Black Lives Matter movement, both nationally and locally. A professor of African-American Studies and Gender and Womens Studies at University of Illinois-Chicago, her previous award-winning books include Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (2003) and Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson (2013).
Making Black Lives Matter does an excellent job of telling the stories behind the movements. It not only translates individuals political and organizational responses to witnessing the violence from Americas police and the tepid or non-existent responses from the courts, it also places the BLM movement in its political lineages of Black liberation.