No One Can Be at Peace Unless They Have Freedom: Essays Poemsthoughts Lessons

No One Can Be at Peace Unless They Have Freedom: Essays Poemsthoughts Lessons


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"Like many activists in our tradition, Simanga has been lovingly mentored. His history of street organizing and membership in Black organizations have placed him in the unique position of having an answer: we are fighting for our humanity, to be whole, to be who we are in concert with the rest of humanity without the necessity to yield the parts of us that others find offensive because of the narrative created to diminish us and justify our exploitation. This book is carefully and strategically wrapped throughout in well-thought out essays, poems, personal thoughts, and lessons for the reader looking for more… a critical document that demands that readers think, rethink, and continue to re-access where we are as Black individuals, families, communities, organizations, institutions, businesses, scholars, and, of course, artists… a loving reminder and refresher course for veterans of Black Struggle and an urgent call and confirmation for the newly-initiated… Read carefully, take notes, pass on to the young and not so young as quickly as possible. No One Can Be At Peace Unless They Have Freedom is a "think changer" and should be in all personal and public libraries."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780883783740
Publisher: Third World Press
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Michael Simanga is an activist poet, novelist, essayist, producer, historian, scholar, educator and cultural worker. He grew up in Detroit and lives in Atlanta with his wife, poet Lita Hooper, their children and grandchildren. He teaches in the Department of African American Studies at Georgia State University.

Table of Contents

Foreword Haki Madhubuti

Citizenship and Struggle ix


Writing for Change xiii

Remembrance: A Promise to Our Ancestors xiv


1619 The Good Ship 2

The Enduring Resistance the Constant Affirmation 4

The Intractable Relationship 6

African Americans, Racist Counter Revolution, and Trump 9

Notes on Black Women 26

Notes on State and Vigilante Violence 29

Notes on Martin Luther King and King Day Celebrations 35

Notes on Malcolm X - Remembrances on His Birth and Death 38

Notes on Standing Rock and Standing Together 40

Black Community Dance 42

Notes on the Black Freedom Struggle 44

Notes on Human Rights 45

Notes on Civil Rights 47

Notes on Self-Determination 50

Notes on Black Lives Matter 51


Haiku for Peace 54

The United Front 55

Wrightsville, Georgia 56

Remembering Reverend Gerard Jean-Juste 58

Notes on Electoral Politics 60

Notes on Self-Defense Against Racist Terrorism 64

Politics of the African American Community: Lessons from the 2014 Midterm Elections 66

From the Cracks in the Sidewalk 68

Mother's Day 69

Remembering Our Mother 70

Lunch with My Father 71

Remembering Muhammad Ali 74

Graduations in the Black Community 76

Remembering Chokwe Lumumba 77

Black History: A Legacy of Resistance and Assertion 78

Notes on Violence in the Black Community 80

Notes on Winter Holidays 81

Notes on War 83

No Lies About War 84

The Death of War 85


Blue Black (For Radcliff Bailey) 90

Haki Madhubuti, Third World Press, and the Black Arts Movement 92

Black Poet as Healer:Aneb Kgositstile's Medicine 95

A Reminder from Duke Ellington 99

Visiting Ron Milner 100

Liner Notes: Cassandra Wilson Belly of the Sun 103

Haiku for Sonia Sanchez 106

Full Moon of Sonia 107

A Tribute to Amiri Baraka 109

Maya Angelou - Art from Her People, Art for the World 112

Rockin' with Jimi Hendrix 114

Danny Glover at the Black Rodeo 116

Celebrating Billie Holiday: Cassandra Wilson Salutes the Jazz Icon 117

Prince: Art as Spiritual Practice 119

When Lupita Nyong'o Won the Oscar 121

An Answer 122

Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us 'Round 123

Notes 126

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