RACE FOR PROFIT
How Banks and the Real Estate Industry
Undermined Black Homeownership
Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction
“Through impressive research and vivid storytelling, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor offers an unflinching examination of the mythology that has sustained the American dream, ultimately revealing that, for many African Americans, homeownership hasn’t resulted in the fulfillment of a dream but instead has been a nightmare—a horror story of racial capitalism.”
“In Race for Profit, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor makes an enormous contribution to the collective understanding of the methods and mechanics of racial capitalism, revealing how the real estate industry’s long history of discrimination against African Americans has adapted from explicit policies of racist exclusion to equally devastating predatory financial mechanisms.”
“This is an incredibly important history. Well-written, persuasive, and brimming with insightful analysis, Race for Profit is a book that people have been waiting for."
—Beryl Satter, author of Family Properties
FROM #BLACKLIVESMATTER TO BLACK LIBERATION
Winner of the 2016 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize
for an Especially Notable Book
“This brilliant book is the best analysis we have of the #BlackLivesMatter moment of the long struggle for freedom in America. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor has emerged as the most sophisticated and courageous radical intellectual of her generation.”
"Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's searching examination of the social, political and economic dimensions of the prevailing racial order offers important context for understanding the necessity of the emerging movement for black liberation."
“From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation is an essential read for anyone following the movement for Black Lives."
—Los Angeles Review of Books
HOW WE GET FREE
Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective
Winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction
“This collection reminds us that black women have long known that America’s destiny is inseparable from how it treats them and the nation ignores this truth at its peril.”
—The New York Review of Books
“This striking collection should be immediately added to the Black feminist canon.”
“An essential book for any feminist library.”
The Combahee River Collective, a path-breaking group of radical black feminists, was one of the most important organizations to develop out of the antiracist and women’s liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s. In this collection of essays and interviews edited by activist-scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, founding members of the organization and contemporary activists reflect on the legacy of its contributions to Black feminism and its impact on today’s struggles.
YOU CAN’t Be neutral on a moving train
A Personal History
By Howard Zinn
Foreword by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Howard Zinn—activist, historian, and author of A People's History of the United States—was a participant in and chronicler of some of the landmark struggles for racial and economic justice in US history. In his memoir, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train, Zinn reflects on more than thirty years of fighting for social change, from his teenage years as a laborer in Brooklyn to teaching at Spelman College, where he emerged in the civil rights movement as a powerful voice for justice. A former bombardier in World War II, he later became an outspoken antiwar activist, spirited protestor, and champion of civil disobedience. Throughout his life, Zinn was unwavering in his belief that "small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world."
With a foreword from activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, this revised edition will inspire a new generation of readers to believe that change is possible.
FIFTY YEARS SINCE MLK
Martin Luther King's legacy for today's activists, fifty years after his death.
A Boston Review Forum edited by Brandon M. Terry
Since his death on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King's legacy has influenced generations of activism. Edited and with a lead essay by Brandon Terry, this volumeexplores what this legacy can and cannot do for activism in the present.
King spent the months leading up to his death organizing demonstrations against the Vietnam War and planning the Poor People's Campaign, a “multiracial army of the poor” that would march on Washington in pursuit of economic justice. Thus the spring of 1968 represented a hopeful, albeit chaotic set of possibilities; King, along with countless other activists, offered both ethical and strategic solutions to the multifaceted problems of war, racism, and economic inequality. With a critical eye on both the past and present, this collection of essays explores that moment of promise, and how, in the fifty years since King's death, historical forces have shaped what we claim as a usable past in fighting the injustices of our time.