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

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

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A National Book Award Finalist
A Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book
A Michael L. Printz Honor Book
A Walter Dean Myers Honor Book


With passion and precision, Kekla Magoon relays an essential account of the Black Panthers--as militant revolutionaries and as human rights advocates working to defend and protect their community.

In this comprehensive, inspiring, and all-too-relevant history of the Black Panther Party, Kekla Magoon introduces readers to the Panthers' community activism, grounded in the concept of self-defense, which taught Black Americans how to protect and support themselves in a country that treated them like second-class citizens. For too long the Panthers' story has been a footnote to the civil rights movement rather than what it was: a revolutionary socialist movement that drew thousands of members--mostly women--and became the target of one of the most sustained repression efforts ever made by the U.S. government against its own citizens.

Revolution in Our Time puts the Panthers in the proper context of Black American history, from the first arrival of enslaved people to the Black Lives Matter movement of today. Kekla Magoon's eye-opening work invites a new generation of readers grappling with injustices in the United States to learn from the Panthers' history and courage, inspiring them to take their own place in the ongoing fight for justice.

Author: Kekla Magoon
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 11/08/2021
Pages: 400
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 3.00lbs
Size: 10.10h x 7.60w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9781536214185
Audience: Young Adult
Award: Coretta Scott King Award - Honor Book
Award: National Book Awards - Finalist
Award: Michael L. Printz Award - Honor Book

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2021
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 09/01/2021
Publishers Weekly 08/16/2021
Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2021 pg. 122
Booklist 09/01/2021 pg. 61
School Library Journal 10/01/2021 pg. 108

About the Author
Kekla Magoon's young adult novel The Rock and the River, which won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award, was the first mainstream novel for young people to feature the Black Panther Party. She is the Margaret A. Edwards Award-winning author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including Fire in the Streets and How It Went Down. She is also the coauthor, with Ilyasah Shabazz, of X: A Novel, which was long-listed for the National Book Award and received an NAACP Image Award and a Coretta Scott King Honor. Kekla Magoon grew up in Indiana and now lives in Vermont, where she serves on the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts.