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Reading African American Experiences in the Obama Era

Theory, Advocacy, Activism- With a foreword by Marc Lamont Hill and an afterword by Zeus Leonardo

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Ebony Elizabeth Thomas and Shanesha R.F. Brooks-Tatum

What does it mean to be Black in the Obama era? In Reading African American Experiences in the Obama Era, young African American scholars and researchers and experienced community activists demonstrate how to encourage dialogue across curricula, disciplines, and communities with emphases on education, new media, and popular culture. Considering what this historic moment means for Black life, letters, and learning, this accessible yet scholarly volume encourages movement toward thoughtful analysis today.

«[The] authors explore with subtlety, range, and perspective the complex ways the election of Barack Obama opens a new chapter in that long history. The result is a book that must be read, considered, debated, and challenged but not ignored.» (Earl Lewis, Provost and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies, Emory University)
«Thomas and Brooks-Tatum have compiled a tapestry of fresh, post-Civil Rights era voices who poke and probe the reality of life, advocacy, and scholarship in the age of Obama [...] Whether constructing theory, exploring definitions, or addressing public policy, the essays in this book are mind-expanding, thought-provoking, and fully engaging.» (Julianne Malveaux, President, Bennett College for Women)
«While there has been an outpouring of scholarship surrounding the Obama campaign and presidency, this is the first scholarly text that is interdisciplinary, cross-generational, and responsive to a broad range of issues among a new generation [...] This anthology captures the complexities, contradictions, and paradoxes associated with this being both the best of times and the worst of times in many ways for African American families and communities. The essays are cogent, illuminating, hard-hitting, and inspirational [...]» (Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Founding Director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies, Spelman College)

«[The] authors explore with subtlety, range, and perspective the complex ways the election of Barack Obama opens a new chapter in that long history. The result is a book that must be read, considered, debated, and challenged but not ignored.» (Earl Lewis, Provost and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies, Emory University)
«Thomas and Brooks-Tatum have compiled a tapestry of fresh, post-Civil Rights era voices who poke and probe the reality of life, advocacy, and scholarship in the age of Obama [...] Whether constructing theory, exploring definitions, or addressing public policy, the essays in this book are mind-expanding, thought-provoking, and fully engaging.» (Julianne Malveaux, President, Bennett College for Women)
«While there has been an outpouring of scholarship surrounding the Obama campaign and presidency, this is the first scholarly text that is interdisciplinary, cross-generational, and responsive to a broad range of issues among a new generation [...] This anthology captures the complexities, contradictions, and paradoxes associated with this being both the best of times and the worst of times in many ways for African American families and communities. The essays are cogent, illuminating, hard-hitting, and inspirational [...]» (Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Founding Director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies, Spelman College)