Black Youth Rising: Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America

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Overview

Black Youth Rising is a book that restores hope and possibility to the lives of urban black youth. In this pathbreaking account, author Shawn Ginwright details the powerful positive impact that community-based organizations can have in rebuilding the lives of urban black youth, through a process he calls radical healing. Readers can see how caring adults in a community setting are able to create safe spaces for youth to turn away from neighborhood violence and their own traumatic pasts. Together, young people build a refuge within their own community that allows them to avoid the common dangers of street life and build healthy identities and a productive future for themselves and others.

Combining a theoretically grounded framework with practical strategies, Black Youth Rising offers a new model for understanding what African American youth need in order to succeed in school and in life. This book is essential reading for educators, social workers, community organizers, after-school coordinators, and all who work with inner-city adolescents.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807750223
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,091,774
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Things Done Changed: Postcrack Black Urban America 6

Building a New Type of Community Organization 7

Building Spaces for Radical Healing 10

Theoretical Backdrop 13

Jazz and a Note on Methodology 20

Organization of the Book 22

1 A Trip Through a Blues City: Youth, Radicalism, and the Politics of Oakland 26

Black Activism, 1960 to 1975 33

Roland's Activism: The Growth of Black Youth Activism in Oakland 33

The Urban Trifecta: Dismantling Oakland's Black Political Infrastructure 42

Peace Out to Revolution! Post-1980s Activism in Oakland 44

More Services, Less Activism 51

2 Fostering Caring Relationships for Social Justice 53

Care as a Political Act in Black Community Life 56

Leadership Excellence: Building Activism Through Care 58

Mikayla and Mamma Ned 59

Kevin's Rebound 64

Enacting Radical Care 68

The Soft Side of Revolution, Care, and Rebuilding Community Life 73

3 Building a Healing Community 77

Reframing Community and Civic Life 79

Camp Akili: A Pedagogy of Radical Healing and Care 80

Camp Akili: From Terell's Point of View 82

The Power of Ritual: Creating Community Through Collective Experience 87

No Set Trippin'! The Power of Community 94

Healing and New Textures of Social Capital 97

4 Creating Consciousness Through Black Masculinity 102

Stories of Our Fathers 106

From Critical Consciousness to Action: Activism and Black Masculinity 113

Who's Your Daddy? 116

Vince's Homecoming 119

5 Reclaiming Africa: Building Racial Wellness Among African American Youth 122

Return to Home: Camp Akebulan and Youth Identity 124

Lateefa's Story: From WestOakland to West Africa and Back 125

Building Knowledge of Self in a Slave Dungeon 129

Tre's Story 131

Blackness on the Block: Returning to Oakland 135

Identity and Activism 142

6 An Emancipatory Vision for Black Youth: Toward an Ecologically Responsive Strategy for Justice 144

Radical Healing in Policy and Practice 148

In Pursuit of What It Takes 155

Epilogue 157

Notes 161

References 163

Index 169

About the Author 179

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