On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope

On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope

"On the Other Side of Freedom reveals the mind and motivations of a young man who has risen to the fore of millennial activism through study, discipline, and conviction. His belief in a world that can be made better, one act at a time, powers his narratives and opens up a view on the costs, consequences, and rewards of leading a movement."--Henry Louis Gates, Jr. From the i "On the Other Side of Freedom reveals the mind and motivations of a young man who has risen to the fore of millennial...

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Title:On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope
Author:DeRay Mckesson
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0525560327
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:212 pages pages

On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope Reviews

  • Randall
    Sep 12, 2018
    If you are curious who Deray Mckesson is, where he came from, what has influenced his thinking, and what he's working on, this is a good primer. That being said, his writing in this book has a more academic feel than his podcast, Pod Save the People, where he and his panelists are more...
  • Emmanuel
    Aug 29, 2018
    So much power in these pages, but can I also say that this is the single greatest opening line of an essay?: "It wasn't that I didn't believe in god, but that I believed in Storm from the X-Men more." <3! ...
  • Brooke
    Oct 26, 2018
    Read this book. If you are someone who understands the racial and social injustices in the US, read this book. If you think you understand, but haven't directly been impacted by these injustices, read this book. If you are completely clueless, I'm guessing you don't want to read this b...
  • Joshunda Sanders
    Jul 22, 2018
    How can you not know about Deray and his everpresent blue vest? This beautiful memoir has some lovely additional details about it, of course, but what is most resonant is additional information about his connection to his family, how he came to be engaged in Ferguson and the larger Mov...
  • Kent Winward
    Oct 10, 2018
    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...
  • Antoinette Perez
    Nov 09, 2018
    READ THIS. I'll definitely read it a second time, and probably a third. ...
  • Gina
    Oct 14, 2018
    This is a really beautiful and personal book. I especially appreciated the inclusion and naming of people who could easily be forgotten, generally for some reason that makes them easy to marginalize: gay, a woman, a pregnant teenager. Those constraints put on acceptance constrain t...
  • Elizabeth Kissling
    Aug 15, 2018
    I've admired DeRay McKesson for years and was excited to read On the Other Side of Freedom. He has described his new book as a collection of essays, but they work together coherently. The book is an engaging and smart synthesis of accessible philosophy, practical guide, and memoir. It ...
  • Nadine
    Sep 27, 2018
    On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope is a meditation on resistance, justice, freedom, and a call to arms because standing idly by doesn?t cut it anymore. Making your voice heard among the voices that wish to silence you is as important as ever because everything that?s...
  • Susan
    Aug 06, 2018
    This book is part memoir and part discussion of racial issues that affect the US. DeRay McKesson relates life experiences while also making you think how society is set up. This book is a must read. I was provided a copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...
  • Mary
    Sep 09, 2018
    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...
  • Brad McKenna
    Oct 28, 2018
    This book has more stats (https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/) and theory than intimate stories (though there are some of those) than book by other modern activists I?ve read like Patrisse Khan and Darnell Moore. But like Baldwin and Coates, Mr. Mckesson includes a letter to young re...
  • Christina
    Sep 25, 2018
    DeRay!!! I love him and was so excited to finally read this. It's short, but gives you a good look at what he stands for and how to fight against injustice as well as some personal stories so you understand his background. He's inspiring! ...
  • Margaret
    Oct 30, 2018
    A memoir and call for action, in On the Other Side of Freedom Mckesson tells his story of the Ferguson protests, his research into police brutality, his life as a gay black man, and his decision to join politics. I love the content of this book. I would think it would be hard for anyon...
  • Jean
    Sep 29, 2018
    DeRay Mckesson's book is both a call to action and hope for the world as it could be. Using his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckessen speaks to all of us about how we can work to make the world better. He writes that we all can and must work...
  • Hayley
    Oct 06, 2018
    I found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...
  • Ellen
    Oct 12, 2018
    DeRay's Pod Save the People is appointment-listening for me. I always always get amazing information and news and inspiration from the news team on this weekly podcast. This book really is a longer version of the inspiration pieces that DeRay always starts the pod with. This is in no w...
  • Chris
    Nov 04, 2018
    Absolutely stunning. A must read for anyone but especially those wanting to learn more about the current American civil rights movement. From his upbringing and personal struggles to the streets of Ferguson and the birth of the BLM movement, McKesson relates his experiences with a calm...
  • Bonni
    Aug 31, 2018
    A breathtaking book. DeRay is able to "zoom in" to stories from his own life and masterfully "zoom out" to present compelling data regarding mass incarceration, gun violence, racial inequality, and more. The last chapter (Letter to an Activist) is worth the price of admission alone...
  • Caroline
    Sep 30, 2018
    Once in awhile I want to give a book six stars, this is one of them. DeRay Mckesson writes beautifully and intelligently about his life, about St Louis, about the structure of America's police forces, and about politics. I am sad that this young man did not get elected mayor of our cit...
  • chantel nouseforaname
    Sep 08, 2018
    You have to appreciate what DeRay has contributed to the culture. An idea that he discusses is that sometimes, a lot of the time, people just need someone to point their "founder" label at to make sense of shit that happens in the world. They need to label someone "founder of a mov...
  • Jess
    Oct 25, 2018
    ? Read it now ? ...
  • Susie Dumond
    Sep 10, 2018
    DeRay Mckesson is a powerful advocate who has become one of the most visible leaders of the #blacklivesmatter movement. This book is part essay collection and part memoir, and delves into his beginnings as a protester, experiences in activism, and advice for fighting against white supr...
  • Caryn
    Nov 12, 2018
    I listened to DeRay narrate his book on Audible, and I'm so glad I did. The content itself will change my approach to life and to activism. He included countless lessons drawn from not only his own experiences, but those of other activists. His words about choosing not to add pain on t...
  • Alison
    Nov 05, 2018
    Should be required reading. Could not put down. So relatable, smart, passionate and true. ...
  • Karen Adkins
    Sep 15, 2018
    I've been listening to Mckesson's Pod Save the People for a while now, and really appreciated the way he talks about justice issues for people of color. This combination memoir/reflection on justice is in the same ballpark; it's reflective, realistic without being cynical, motivating, ...
  • Brandy O'Rourke
    Sep 22, 2018
    This is yet another book I?ve read this year that has earned its space on the shelf of required reading for the current day. Mckesson using anecdote and data to immerse the listener in the life of the activist including both the harsh realities of fighting injustice and as well a...
  • Max Wright
    Oct 24, 2018
    DeRay Mckesson's highly anticipated memoir takes readers behind the curtain into how he came to hold his beliefs, how he became involved in the Fergusson protests back in 2014, and his reflections on identity. The book's structure (really a collection of essays, not a personal narr...
  • Liesel Reichart
    Nov 02, 2018
    DeRay Mckesson is poetry in motion. I saw him on this book tour, and he is perhaps the most eloquent, heartfelt, well-reasoned truth-teller out there. If you are bogged down in the gruesome minutiae of our current political situation, Mckesson will galvanize you to keep your eyes on th...
  • Jordan Smith
    Sep 10, 2018
    It was a good book, I really enjoyed hearing DeRay McKesson?s story and his experiences. I think he has so much to off and strives so hard to better our society. The world is better because of DeRay. I gave 4 Stars because I felt like it got hard to follow at times. Sometimes the sou...