Pod Save the People's DeRay Mckesson begins On the Other Side of Freedom (Viking, $25) with the Ferguson protests of 2014, and keeps your adrenaline surging for the rest of the book. He writes a heartfelt and brutally honest memoir of growing up black in America, the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement, and his continuing work in education, policy, and advocacy. This book is a perfectly executed balancing act: we see heart-wrenching story telling as well as powerful suggestions aimed at dismantling oppressive systems in our society. Mckesson consistently calls on his readers to challenge the legacy of racism with the hope that pressing issues, such as police brutality, can be solved within our lifetime. Brimming with emotion, intelligence, and most importantly, hope, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to understand the reality of justice in America—past and present—and the way forward.
On the Other Side of Freedom by DeRay Mckesson