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Posted April 28, 2013
Anyone interested in the ways histories of racial discrimination
Anyone interested in the ways histories of racial discrimination impacted cities outside the South must read this book. The story of Cooper v. Power illustrates in startling detail how one of the largest Black cities-within-a-city can be sliced and diced and gerrymandered into political non-existence. But it also depicts how the relentlessness of people who cared about their communities can change political anemia into power. As a community organizer, political activist, journalist, editor and publisher, Cooper helped give a public voice to over 350,000 people in north-central Brooklyn. His activism paved the way for Shirley Chisholm to become a Congresswoman. His newspaper provided Black New Yorkers with an alternative depiction of themselves and their community from what they saw in the mainstream white dailies. Wayne Dawkins's excellent biography reminds readers why Andrew W. Cooper is a name that we should recall every time we check a box in the booth on election day and why diversity in the newsroom is necessary in a multicultural democracy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.