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Anti-Racism: Powerful Voices, Inspiring Ideas

Sasquatch. (Words of Change). Jul. 2020. 160p. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781632173409.
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Rankin, an activist, speaker, and award-winning author, has curated a collection of quotes to challenge racial injustice, prompt discussion, and encourage change. The text features powerful words from historical and present-day leaders and changemakers, including Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Black Lives Matter cofounder Alicia Garza, Rosa Clemente, Ibram X. Kendi, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The quotes dismantle the long-standing narrative that portrays America as a country of inclusivity, indiscriminate equality, and unconditional freedom. Rankin spotlights advocates who reflect gender, ethnic, and racial diversity. Members of the LGBTQ community are also included. The back of the book provides brief biographies of each profiled individual. The book’s quotes and choice of people are deliberate, and so is the design and format. The photos and vibrant colors emphasize the hope behind the antiracist movement and communicate a call to action. The fonts and spacing of the quotes will appeal to reluctant readers while the theme will interest almost all readers.
VERDICT A resource that offers timely content and thought-provoking quotes. This collection will be a popular request at any high school or public library.

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