“Charles Booker captured America’s imagination during his inspiring campaign for a Kentucky U.S. Senate seat in 2020. His determined efforts to build a more just and fair country for everyone have always been at the center of his life’s work, and From the Hood to the Holler shares the story of how his values are rooted in his incredible lived experience. He is a rising leader in our nation, and an inspiration to me and all those who get to know his story and vision.”—Sen. Cory Booker (New Jersey)
“In a time when so much of American life is defined by bitter division, fear, and hatred, Charles Booker’s abiding faith in the possibility of a new politics is downright refreshing and inspiring. From the Hood to the Holler details the origins and power of that faith.”—Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Princeton University, bestselling author of Begin Again and Democracy in Black
“Charles Booker’s passion for public service is undergirded by his faith and sustained by the recognition that public service at its best brings people together in a coalition of good will. Charles has taken the baton of committed service and shares a vision that is more than just progressive—it is powerful. His voice is one that will resonate broadly.”—Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
“Charles Booker’s story is not only intensely personal and moving, but inspirational as well. From the Hood to the Holler shows how faith, love, and courage can take someone from the throes of poverty to the highest levels of American politics. It is the quintessential American success story.”—Rep. John Yarmuth (Kentucky)
“Charles Booker’s story represents the best of Kentucky. He has overcome a number of obstacles but has always kept an unending love for community and his state. This book documents his story perfectly, and shows why he is a perfect symbol of perseverance for people of all backgrounds.”—Matt Jones, host of Kentucky Sports Radio and author of Mitch, Please!