Digging beneath the news headlines of police killings and protests, Lowery’s timely work gives texture and context to a new era of African-American activism. Lowery, a young black Washington Post
journalist with a bit of street cred after being arrested during a protest in Ferguson, Mo., found himself at the middle of the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement. Though Lowery shares his personal and familial experiences with race, he is a reporter at heart, focusing on the stories of activists behind the protests. One of his most vivid subjects is Netta Elzie, a social media–savvy St. Louis native. As Lowery writes, she was already devastated by a beloved friend’s unresolved killing by police when she first learned of Michael Brown’s killing. She went to the scene and became a “chief on-the-ground correspondent” in Ferguson. Another strong voice in the book belongs to Bree Newsome, an NYU film school alum, who was politicized by the slaying of Trayvon Martin and first expressed her activism in voting rights advocacy in her home state of North Carolina. She came to public attention when, following the killing of parishioners of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, she removed the Confederate flag displayed at the South Carolina statehouse in protest. Through their stories and those of others, Lowery conveys the shape and direction of a national movement. Agent: Anthony Mattero, Foundry Literary & Media (Nov.)
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