Liberation and the Cosmos: Conversations with the Elders

Liberation and the Cosmos: Conversations with the Elders

by Barbara A. Holmes


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Liberation and the Cosmos: Conversations with the Elders by Barbara A. Holmes

The rich legacy of black critical thought, creative expression, and religious reflection come together in this imagined conversation among the elders about the shape and conditions of black liberation.

Barbara Holmes has defined key issues of freedom and identity, hypothesizing a meeting of the ancestors assembled "on the other side" to discuss them. Imagine conversations between Barbara Jordan and Thurgood Marshall on what freedom looks like in relation to law and politics, or between Tupac Shakur, Nina Simone,and James Baldwin on art, culture, and the liberation of the mind. A unique resource for understanding the luminaries of liberation and an important reflection on the contemporary task of black liberation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800663193
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 11/01/2008
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: In the Beginning ix

1 Introduction: The Elders Gather 1

2 Liberating the Idea of Freedom: Ain't Ya Free Yet, Why Ain't Ya Gone Free? 17

3 Law and Liberation: A Love Story? Barbara Jordan Thurgood Marshall 35

4 A Liberated and Luminous Darkness: Spirituality of Struggle Rosa Parks Howard Thurman 59

5 A Revolutionary Liberation: Freedom and Wholeness Malcolm X Harriet Tubman 81

6 Liberated Bodies, Liberated Lives: Embodying Freedom Audre Lorde Fannie Lou Hamer George Washington Carver 99

7 Killing Me, Killing You, Killing Us! Violence and Liberation Ida B. Wells-Barnett Stanley Tookie Williams Huey P. Newton 125

8 Liberation and the Art of Creative Imagination: Prophetic Expression Tupac Shakur Phillis Wheatley Langston Hughes Gwendolyn Brooks 145

9 Beyond Mountaintops: Toward a Long-Awaited Future Martin Luther King Jr. Mary McLeod Bethune W. E. B. DuBois Shirley Chisholm 167

10 A Summing Up: Entanglements and Adjournments 187

Notes 193

Index 203

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