Articles tagged "activism"

Day’s YA – HOW I RESIST

Happy New Year, YA friends!

Winter Storm Grayson is in full force over here in NYC, so we’re staying bundled up today. The temperatures outside might be arctic-like, but I have a book for you that’s sure to light a fire of resistance in the hearts of readers young and old.

HOW I RESIST by Tim Federle and Maureen Johnson
9781250168368
Available May 1, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

Young people are rising up among the ranks of activists and it is absolutely vital that their voices are heard. This book will help to make sure that happens. HOW I RESIST is a compilation of essays, interviews, poems, and songs written for teens about activism, strength, and having hope in a time when the world looks bleak. Chapters include an essay about growing up queer and Hispanic in Texas, a guide to calling your representatives, a short story about being an activist while at college, and a list of books about resistance compiled by librarians, plus a number of other thoughtful and thought-provoking topics. The all-star cast of contributors includes Libba Bray, Javier Muñoz, Rosie O’Donnell, Jodi Picoult, Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita, Sabaa Tahir, and so many more.

While this collection is written specifically for young people, it will make readers of all ages pause and think about what they are doing–or what they could be doing–to make the world a better place, which ultimately has an impact on resistance, as Hebh Jamal points out: “Taking time to think deeply about one’s advocacy makes a more productive advocate. How I resist is therefore deeply affected by how much I am willing to think.” The message of hope within these pages is one that all readers can and should turn to for inspiration and encouragement. In the end, it’s about being true to who you are and believing that you have the power to make a change because, as Rebecca Roanhorse says in her chapter of the book, “Being you is the most powerful kind of resistance of all.” readmoreremove

Stars for WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST

In a time of constant protests, it’s easy to forget it all starts with a few voices. WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele is the emotional and powerful story about the founding of the Black Lives Matter movement. Both a poetic memoir and empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Khan-Cullors’s story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love.

We are thrilled that Patrisse Khan-Cullors will be the 2018 ALA Midwinter Opening Session speaker, in conversation with Marley Dias! Plus, WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST has received THREE starred reviews:

“With great candor about her complex personal life, Khan-Cullors has created a memoir as compelling as a page-turning novel.” — Booklist, starred review

“Steeped in humanity and powerful prose… This is an eye-opening and eloquent coming-of-age story from one of the leaders in the new generation of social activists.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Khan-Cullor’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. This searing, timely look into a contemporary movement from one of its crucial leading voices belongs in all collections.” — Library Journal, starred review

“With assistance from bandele, Khan-Cullors synthesizes memoir and polemic… an important account of coming of age within today’s explosive racial dynamic.” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

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