Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook

192p. further reading. illus. Abrams. Jan. 2019. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781419732355.
RedReviewStarNoxon revisits the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s with honesty, highlighting the brutality endured and the women who played a crucial role but whose stories of sacrifice and bravery often went untold. The author stays true to his promise not to romanticize this account. The book doesn't just capture a specific time in history; instead, it calls upon readers to take action. Throughout the historical accounts, connections are made to current events and the modern struggle for equality. Noxon highlights lessons learned by activists: reject violence, focus on oppression instead of oppressors, summon soul force, and stop waiting for leaders. These messages are made accessible for teens and will encourage them to effect change in their communities. The volume is well designed, combining a handwriting font and illustrations for an intimate tone that conveys the intensity of the topic. A reading list at the end offers further guidance.
VERDICT A must-have for U.S. history collections and social activism shelves.

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