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Monday, August 31, 2015
New Anthology of Activists: Talking Back: Voices of Color
Black voices featured in
"Talking Back," a dynamic new anthology by activists of
Talking Back contributor
Talking Back: Voices of
ColorEdited and with an introduction by Nellie Wong
pages, paperback, 5.5" x 8.5", index
Red Letter Press, 2015 Print version: ISBN 978-0-932323-32-3 Ebook:
new anthology, Talking Back: Voices of
Color (Red Letter Press, 2015),presents an unusually diverse group of writers speaking out on issues
affecting communities of color. Contributors share tales of survival, explore
little-known history, and offer insightful cultural reviews. Nellie Wong, a
widely published Bay Area poet and social justice activist, is the book's editor
and author of the introduction, a striking meditation on the importance of
"talking back" in asserting identity and power on an individual and collective
Like Wong, the
book's contributors are involved in community organizing. Based in a number of
locations, their identities include Asian/Pacific American, Black, indigenous
North American and Aboriginal Australian, Latino, Palestinian, immigrant,
feminist, youth, elder, LGBTQ, students, unionists, former prisoners, and more.
Their aim is to communicate and mobilize. Speaking from and to the grassroots,
their offerings are readable, persuasive, free from academic jargon, and rich
with personal experience.
will find themselves represented in a number of articles. Duciana Thomas
recounts her participation in the fight to preserve working-class education.
School teacher Lillian Thompson shows how charter schools perpetuate
inequality.Mark Cook, a political
prisoner for 24 years, describes the slave-labor conditions in U.S. prisons.
Black Panther leader Eddie Conway speaks out in a prison interview. John
Hatchett tells how he, as a faculty advisor, helped female students at Bennett
College plan the historic Greensboro sit-ins. Sarah Scott reviews the novel We Need New Names, dealing with the
experience of African immigrants. Ralph Poynter describes how his wife, attorney
Lynne Stewart, became a political prisoner and calls for the release of all
political prisoners.Nellie Wong
pays tribute to radical Black, gay poet Langston Hughes.
American scholar, unionist, and former civil rights organizer James Wright calls
the book "a treasure" by a "rainbow of radical authors." Alice Goff, a Black
immigrant labor leader and community activist, predicts that even readers who
don't share the opinions of the authors may "come away with a different
perspective and possibly be moved to question the status quo."Another reviewer, Arab American artist
and writer Happy Hyder, says the book's "fearless and varied voices" reveal "the
true meaning of political action." Sociologist Dr. Jesse Díaz, Jr. says the book
will lead to increased understanding of the activist of color's "toils for
equality and justice." Karin Aguilar-San Juan, an associate professor and
Filipina American lesbian, describes the writings as resonant with "pain and
rage… light and power and hope."
Voices of Color can be ordered from www.RedLetterPress.org, Amazon.com,
Powells.com or request from your local book seller.