They Can't Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
The Story of #blacklivesmatter

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Lowery is a skillful reporter and storyteller. He takes the reader through the laborious task of reportage with a humanity and forthrightness, making this book more than just a catalog of tragedy.
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The first book to go behind the barricades of #blacklivesmatter to tell the story of the young men and women who are calling for a new America.
In a closely reported book that draws on his own experience as a young biracial journalist, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery tells the story of the year that shook America. From the killings of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida and Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri to the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, with a stop in Selma, Alabama along the way, Lowery takes readers to the front lines of history as it unfolds. The repercussions of police violence have sent citizens into the streets proclaiming that Black Lives Matter and politicians scrambling for a new way of understanding the basic social contract between the governed and those who govern.
With bracing intensity and incredible access, Lowery examines the economic, political and personal histories that inform this movement, and place what it has accomplished--and what remains to be done--in the context of the last fifty years of American history. By also telling the story of his own life growing up biracial in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of a black journalist, he will explain the roles that hope and optimism play in shaping one's own identity.
They Can't Kill Us All is a galvanizing book that offers more than just behind-the-scenes coverage of the story of citizen resistance to police brutality. It will also explain where the movement came from, where it is headed and where it still has to go.
 

About Wesley Lowery

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Wesley Lowery is a national reporter for the Washington Post who covers law enforcement and justice. He was the paper's lead reporter in Ferguson, Missouri and covering the Black Lives Matter protest movement, and was a member of the team awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their coverage of police shootings. His reporting has previously appeared in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
 
Published November 15, 2016 by Little, Brown and Company.
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Joy-Ann Reid on Nov 15 2016

Lowery is a skillful reporter and storyteller. He takes the reader through the laborious task of reportage with a humanity and forthrightness, making this book more than just a catalog of tragedy.

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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Nov 10 2016

Mr. Lowery collected hundreds of interviews for this book, and he recounts his visits to many cities to cover shootings. But his book never reads like a data dump. It has a warm, human tone.

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Reviewed by ANJALI ENJETI on Nov 11 2016

...the book is much more than a compilation of obituaries. Lowery draws crucial connections between the “centuries-long assault of the black body,” and contemporary black massacre.

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