Connie Rice is one of America’s most influential lawyers. Rice has taken on public school and transit systems, death row, the states of Mississippi and California and the L.A.P.D. and won—in court, on the streets and in prisons. She’s also known for co-authoring a report that revolutionized Los Angeles’ law enforcement policies and outreach to gangs. Rice was co-director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s L.A. office and co-founded the nonprofit Advancement Project, which provides support for organizations working for racial and social justice. Rice is a graduate of Harvard College and the New York University School of Law, she chronicled her life in the trenches of civil rights law in her memoir, Power Concedes Nothing. Robin D. G. Kelley is a professor of history at UCLA.His research explores the history of social movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa as well as black intellectuals; music; visual culture and contemporary urban studies. His essays have appeared in a wide variety of professional journals and publications, including theJournal of American History, American Historical Review, Black Music Research Journal, African Studies Review, New York Times (Arts and Leisure) and New York Times Magazine, to name a few.
In an interview from The Rumpus, Raboteau discusses her essay, “Know Your Rights!” from the collection, THE FIRE THIS TIME, what she loves about motherhood, and why it’s time for White America to get uncomfortable. Emily Raboteau is a professor of english at CCNY.
The famed author, poet, and queer feminist has been honored by the New York Amdsterdam News. “Much deserved tribute to Audre Lorde. The only major literary award that she received during her lifetime was The American Book Award.” – Ishmael Reed
C-Span has made available video footage of the 2016 American Book Award ceremony. Hosted in San Francisco at the SFJazz Center on October 30, 2016. Emceed by Before Columbus Foundation board Chairman Justin Desmangles, the ceremony features speeches from award recipients and performances from Foundation affiliates.
Excerpt: “For all those people who thought racism was dead, and bigotry was dead, especially those who are well intentioned and white allies, it’s out in the open now. You can taste it. It will force people to bust out of their isolated cocoon. I see an opportunity for a multicultural coalition of the willing that includes a populist agenda, which reclaims populism. Meaning higher wages. Help workers. Better access to education. Fight climate change. Maybe, knock on wood, and this might be way too optimistic, in 2020 if Democrats get their act together, I think they can shift it.”