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Freedom Dreams by Robin D.G. Kelley
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Aug 23, 2022 | ISBN 9780807007037

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“Based on Kelley’s belief that to make a better world we must first imagine it, this brilliantly conceived and written book recounts the accomplishments of Black activists and thinkers over the past century who have been committed to remaking the world.”
Library Journal

“Few books have had a more profound impact on me as a thinker and as a human being than Freedom Dreams.”
—Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award–winning author of How to Be an Antiracist

“Robin D. G. Kelley produces histories of Black radicalism and visions of the future that defy convention and expectation.”
—Angela Y. Davis

Freedom Dreams was a blast of fresh air in the dark days of 2002, and its reissue will have the same effect today when it’s even more needed. . . . A handbook of dynamic hope.”
—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Not “A Nation of Immigrants”: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion

“Robin D. G. Kelley teaches us that dreams of freedom are all we need and not enough. . . . It’s time to read Freedom Dreams again, and again.”
—Fred Moten, author of consent not to be a single being

“A bold and provocative celebration of the Black radical imagination in the 20th century.”
—Laura Ciolkowski, The New York Times Book Review

“Robin Kelley may well be the hippest intellectual in the land. . . . [He] writes unflinchingly of freedom and love, dreams and visions, revolts of the mind.”
—Jason Sokol, The Nation

“From one of the most important thinkers of our time, Freedom Dreams is a tour de force that opens up fresh modes of knowledge and radical possibilities.”
—Elizabeth Hinton, author of America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s

“Kelley and the Black freedom struggle he chronicles show us once again how to rebuild a politics of desire, of a freedom worthy of the name.”
—Sarah Jaffe, author of Work Won’t Love You Back

Table Of Contents

Foreword by Aja Monet

Introduction: Freedom Dreams: From Noun to Verb, Fall 2021


“When History Sleeps”: A Beginning

1. Dreams of the New Land

2. “The Negro Question”: Red Dreams of Black Liberation

3. “Roaring from the East”: Third World Dreaming

4. “A Day of Reckoning”: Dreams of Reparations

5. “This Battlefield Called Life”: Black Feminist Dreams

6. Keeping It (Sur)real: Dreams of the Marvelous

“When History Wakes”: A New Beginning, Fall 2021




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