Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People

Kekla Magoon. Candlewick, $24.99 (400p) ISBN 978-1-5362-1418-5
In this powerful history, Magoon (Light It Up) presents an incisive, in-depth study of the Black Panther Party. Detailed, accessible text includes ample context around the BPP’s rise and fall, starting with a history of slavery, emancipation, and segregation before diving into the civil rights and Black Power movements and ending with Black Lives Matter. While offering nuanced information about the group’s self-defense stance (“capable of fighting back, but would prefer not to fight at all”), Magoon also describes the community programs that the party created for Black people, its dedication to ensuring all of its actions were legal, and the lengths to which the U.S. government and local law officials went to destroy the party. Photographs, newspaper clippings, and Black Panther art are featured throughout, providing visual breaks that inform while contributing to a pace that is digestible for young readers. Back matter includes an author’s note explaining the importance of young people in creating lasting change, a timeline of the events mentioned, glossaries of key people and terms, and a list of sources and further reading. Ages 12–up. Agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. (Nov.)
Reviewed on : 08/12/2021
Release date: 11/23/2021
Genre: Children's
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