cover image Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter

Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter

Veronica Chambers, with Jennifer Harlan. Versify, $21.99 (160p) ISBN 978-0-358-57341-8

With fellow New York Times editor Jennifer Harlan and other Times staffers, Chambers offers a stylishly organized visual history and exploration of the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the protests that led up to its creation and global spread. The first few chapters profile movement founders Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors, “who believed deeply that an antiracist movement would make life in the United States better not just for Black people but for all people,” and discuss what called them to action: the killings of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and George Floyd, among others. The authors go on to offer a timeline of civil rights and Black Power from 1954–1968, as well as a timeline of the BLM movement from 2012–2020, before delving into systemic racism, developing elements of the BLM movement, resonances between past and present, and more. Crisp, rich photographs add context and visual breaks to this engaging, accessible primer for adolescent and adult readers alike. Back matter includes brief interviews with BLM leaders, further reading, credits and photo credits, selected bibliography, and index. Ages 10–up. (Aug.)