Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith

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Barbara Smith is one of the leading Civil Right figures of the past 40 years. She has been at the front line of movement building and community organizing. Now we get to hear from the lady herself in this massive and important work. This book is not so much about her story, and how she started; it is more about how to start a movement and keep it going, to learn from the failures and to celebrate the success. It was not always easy, but they set out to raise awareness and it worked. This book is split up into different chapters, with each chapter focused on a particular theme. In each chapter are a collection of essays written by Barbara Smith, lectures and speeches, and then interviews. Each one is highly enlightening. Especially since it is part of the Civil Rights movement that is largely ignored.

This will be an important book for students of the Civil Rights movement, but also for those who want to know what it takes to build movements, and movements that last. There are some excellent ideas, and learning the stories along the way is helpful as well. The structure might seem a bit different, but it works.


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Author Barbara Smith, Alethia Jones, Editor, Virginia Eubanks, Editor
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 352 pages
Publisher SUNY Press
Publish Date 2014-Nov-01
ISBN 9781438451152
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Issue November 2014
Category Biographies & Memoirs
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