One City One Book: “Black Against Empire”

“The Black Panther party rejected the legitimacy of the U.S. government and positioned itself as part of a global struggle against American imperialism.

One City One Book: Black Against Empire

The San Francisco Public Library sponsors this program: we all read the book, and there are related films, discussion groups, speakers, etc.
The book will be available at the libraries around the city, and in bookstores around the city as well.
Check it out…
Sorry some of it’s over, but there are upcoming events too, at the library and around the City.

One City One Book – 2017

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book coverSan Francisco Public Library is excited to announce that the 13th Annual One City One Book selection is Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr.

Black against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party.

Bloom and Martin analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the party at its peak of influence.

Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, the book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement and its disastrous unraveling.

Black against Empire, published by the University of California Press, is the winner of the American Book Award. The book has been banned by the CA Department of Corrections and CA inmates are currently forbidden to possess or read it.

Read Black against Empire this summer and join us in the fall for the 13th Annual One City One Book program extravaganza.

Copies of Black against Empire will be featured in all San Francisco libraries and at bookstores around the city.

During September and October,  join book discussions, view themed exhibits, attend author talks and participate in many other events.

About the Authors

  • Joshua Bloom is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. He studies the dynamics by which different kinds of insurgent practice transform society in different political situations. He is the coeditor of Working for Justice: The L.A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy. Before becoming a scholar, he worked many years as an organizer, mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Waldo E. Martin, Jr., is Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of History and Citizenship at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of No Coward Soldiers: Black Cultural Politics in Postwar AmericaBrown v. Board of Education: A Brief History with Documents, and The Mind of Frederick Douglass.

(Submitted by Ruthie Sakheim)

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