Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People
author: Kekla Magoon
In this National Book Award Finalist, Kekla Magoon introduces readers to the Black Panther Party, from their history to their community activism, 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 treated as 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.
A Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book, 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.
“Exceedingly well researched, illustrated, and sourced. . . . This rounded accounting of a pivotal but often-overlooked time in U.S. history should be widely read.” —Booklist (starred review)