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All the White Friends I Couldn't Keep: Hope--And Hard Pills to Swallow--About Fighting for Black Lives

All the White Friends I Couldn't Keep: Hope--And Hard Pills to Swallow--About Fighting for Black Lives

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A leading voice for social justice reveals how he stopped arguing with white people who deny the ongoing legacy of racism--and offers a proven path forward for Black people and people of color based on the history of nonviolent struggle.

"A moving personal journey that lends practical insight for expanding and strengthening the global antiracist movement."--Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, bestselling author of When They Call You a Terrorist

When the rallying cry "Black Lives Matter" was heard across the world in 2013, Andre Henry was one of the millions for whom the movement caused a political awakening and a rupture in some of his closest relationships with white people. As he began using his artistic gifts to share his experiences and perspective, Henry was aggrieved to discover that many white Americans--people he called friends and family--were more interested in debating whether racism existed or whether Henry was being polite enough in the way he used his voice.

In this personal and thought-provoking book, Henry explores how the historical divides between Black people and non-Black people are expressed through our most mundane interactions, and why this struggle won't be resolved through civil discourse, diversity hires, interracial relationships, or education. What we need is a revolution, one that moves beyond symbolic progress to disrupt systems of racial violence and inequality in tangible, creative ways.

Sharing stories from his own path to activism--from studying at seminary to becoming a student of nonviolent social change, from working as a praise leader to singing about social justice--and connecting those experiences to lessons from successful nonviolent struggles in America and around the world, Andre Henry calls on Black people and people of color to divest from whiteness and its false promises, trust what their lived experiences tell them, and practice hope as a discipline as they work for lasting change.

Author: Andre Henry
Publisher: Convergent Books
Published: 03/22/2022
Pages: 288
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.89lbs
Size: 8.61h x 5.80w x 1.06d
ISBN: 9780593239889

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 10/01/2021 pg. 18
Publishers Weekly 01/24/2022
Kirkus Reviews 03/01/2022
Library Journal 03/01/2022 pg. 140

About the Author
Andre Henry is an award-winning musician, writer, and activist contending for the world that ought to be. He is a columnist for Religion News Service and the author of the newsletter Hope and Hard Pills. His activism in pursuit of racial justice has been featured in The New Yorker, The Nation, and on the Liturgists podcast.

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