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Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America (Open Media)

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Publisher Comments:

"This slim volume packs a punch as it unpacks uncomfortable truths, and the provocative voices here do not mince words." — Publishers Weekly

The Obama presidency represents a major milestone in black history and the struggle for political, economic and cultural equality in the United States. But how--if at all--has the first black presidency helped move things forward for people of color? Has it delivered the "change we can believe in" and "deepening of democracy" that communities of color organized around? How has the reality and image of a black First Family impacted American culture? What lessons from past struggles can be applied to this unique historical moment to advance multicultural democracy in the U.S.?

Starting the exploration of these questions with the voices of past civil rights and black power activists held in the historic Pacifica Radio Archives, BBC journalist Joanne Griffith traveled the country to interview black intellectuals, leaders and activists.

The result is a rich and wide-ranging exploration of the hot-button issues facing African Americans today, from religion, law amd media to education and the economy, to the ever-shifting meaning of Obama's contribution and impact. Both timely and rich in personal wisdom, Redefining Black Power connects the dots between past civil rights struggles and the future of black civic and cultural life in the United States.

Featuring Van Jones, Michelle Alexander, Julianne Malveaux, Vincent Harding, Ramona Africa, Esther Armah and Linn Washington Jr.

Foreword by Pacifica Radio Archives director Brian DeShazor.

Praise for Joanne Griffith:

"Joanne Griffith is a superb journalist! She writes, speaks, and interviews with great skill, sincerity, and sensitivity to those she covers. Joanne has made it in a tough journalism world — one where the white males, working for wealthy news organizations, have the advantages. Her writings and insights are a lesson to all. She reflects President Obama's spirited call of 'fired up, ready to go!'"--Connie Lawn, Senior White House Correspondent (since 1968)

Review:

"Few were more galvanized by the election of Obama than African Americans. But four years after the first black president moved into the Oval Office, the excitement has been supplemented by the sober realization that no single individual can tackle the major civil rights challenges that remain. BBC journalist Griffith interviews activists, scholars, and others, including Obama's former Green Jobs Advisor Van Jones, to delve into the psyche of African Americans during the Obama years. This slim volume packs a punch as it unpacks uncomfortable truths, and the provocative voices here do not mince words. Some, like Ohio State University law professor Michelle Alexander, fault Obama for not doing more for blacks, going so far as to declare that 'there really is no point in putting black and brown faces in positions of power if they aren't actually going to make much of a difference.' But others say African Americans slipped into the trap of seeing Obama as a 'saviour' and failed to understand that the president is head of state, not the leader of a new civil rights movement. Consequently, according to Jones, expecting Obama to 'fix black America' is a mistake; if anyone is going to do that, it will be some person or group outside the political realm. Operating as he does within the constraints of Washington, the president's greatest triumph is perhaps more psychological, as Obama, his wife, and daughters have provided a much needed emotional boost for blacks as the country's First Family. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Conversations with black leaders and activists exploring current African American political and cultural life.

Synopsis:

The Obama presidency represents a major milestone in black history and the struggle for political, economic and cultural equality in the United States. But how--if at all--has the first black presidency helped move things forward for people of color? Has it delivered the "change we can believe in" and "deepening of democracy" that communities of color organized around? What lessons from past struggles can be applied to this unique historical moment to advance multicultural democracy in the U.S.?

Starting the exploration of these questions with the voices of past civil rights and black power activists held in the historic Pacifica Radio Archives, BBC journalist Joanne Griffith traveled the country to interview black intellectuals, leaders and activists. Added to the conversations are the opinions of numerous communities nationwide gathered via a series of roundtable discussions at stations across the Pacifica Radio Network.

The result is a rich and wide-ranging exploration of the hot-button issues facing African Americans today, from religion and law to education and the economy, to the ever-shifting meaning of Obama's contribution and impact. Both timely and rich in personal wisdom, "Redefining Black Power" connects the dots between past civil rights struggles and the future of black civic and cultural life in the United States.

Featuring Van Jones, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., Michelle Alexander, Julianne Malveaux, Vincent Harding, Ramona Africa and others.

Foreword by Pacifica Radio Archives director Brian DeShazor.

Joanne Griffith is an award-winning broadcast journalist who has reported, produced, and hosted programs for the British Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, and Pacifica Radio. Joanne has spent her fifteen-year career telling the stories of tragedy and triumph throughout the African Diaspora, covering voting rights in the United States, the legacy of slavery in the Caribbean, and the politics of food and power in southern Africa.

About the Author

Joanne Griffith: Joanne Griffith is an award-winning international broadcast journalist who has reported, produced and hosted programs for the BBC, NPR and Pacifica Radio. She has spent her 15-year career telling the stories of tragedy and triumph throughout the African Diaspora. Based in LA, Griffith hosts a weekly radio program for BBC Radio.

Table of Contents

REDEFINING BLACK POWER

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword – Brian DeShazor, Director of the Pacifica Radio Archives

Introduction – Joanne Griffith

Product Details

ISBN:
9780872865464
Author:
Griffith, Joanne
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Author:
Alexander, Michelle
Author:
Harding, Vincent
Author:
Wright, Reverend Jeremiah
Author:
Jones, Van
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
City Lights Open Media
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Few were more galvanized by the election of Obama than African Americans. But four years after the first black president moved into the Oval Office, the excitement has been supplemented by the sober realization that no single individual can tackle the major civil rights challenges that remain. BBC journalist Griffith interviews activists, scholars, and others, including Obama's former Green Jobs Advisor Van Jones, to delve into the psyche of African Americans during the Obama years. This slim volume packs a punch as it unpacks uncomfortable truths, and the provocative voices here do not mince words. Some, like Ohio State University law professor Michelle Alexander, fault Obama for not doing more for blacks, going so far as to declare that 'there really is no point in putting black and brown faces in positions of power if they aren't actually going to make much of a difference.' But others say African Americans slipped into the trap of seeing Obama as a 'saviour' and failed to understand that the president is head of state, not the leader of a new civil rights movement. Consequently, according to Jones, expecting Obama to 'fix black America' is a mistake; if anyone is going to do that, it will be some person or group outside the political realm. Operating as he does within the constraints of Washington, the president's greatest triumph is perhaps more psychological, as Obama, his wife, and daughters have provided a much needed emotional boost for blacks as the country's First Family. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Conversations with black leaders and activists exploring current African American political and cultural life.
"Synopsis" by ,
The Obama presidency represents a major milestone in black history and the struggle for political, economic and cultural equality in the United States. But how--if at all--has the first black presidency helped move things forward for people of color? Has it delivered the "change we can believe in" and "deepening of democracy" that communities of color organized around? What lessons from past struggles can be applied to this unique historical moment to advance multicultural democracy in the U.S.?

Starting the exploration of these questions with the voices of past civil rights and black power activists held in the historic Pacifica Radio Archives, BBC journalist Joanne Griffith traveled the country to interview black intellectuals, leaders and activists. Added to the conversations are the opinions of numerous communities nationwide gathered via a series of roundtable discussions at stations across the Pacifica Radio Network.

The result is a rich and wide-ranging exploration of the hot-button issues facing African Americans today, from religion and law to education and the economy, to the ever-shifting meaning of Obama's contribution and impact. Both timely and rich in personal wisdom, "Redefining Black Power" connects the dots between past civil rights struggles and the future of black civic and cultural life in the United States.

Featuring Van Jones, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., Michelle Alexander, Julianne Malveaux, Vincent Harding, Ramona Africa and others.

Foreword by Pacifica Radio Archives director Brian DeShazor.

Joanne Griffith is an award-winning broadcast journalist who has reported, produced, and hosted programs for the British Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, and Pacifica Radio. Joanne has spent her fifteen-year career telling the stories of tragedy and triumph throughout the African Diaspora, covering voting rights in the United States, the legacy of slavery in the Caribbean, and the politics of food and power in southern Africa.

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