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...

DownloadRead Online
Title:On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope
Author:DeRay Mckesson
Rating:
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

  • Meghan
    Nov 28, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

    I chose to read this to get a perspective of someone with very different experiences and probably fairly different views that my own. I felt that I did learn from his stories and how they shaped his perspective. I had some trouble understanding who the intended audience of the book was...

    This is an interesting book/audiobook. I listened to it while I was working and was able to listen to it within a few hours. This book is a good introduction into how to what it means to be an activist. ...

    This book is excellent. DeRay mixes his story of protesting in Ferguson, what came after, his personal history, and thoughts on our criminal justice system. I read this one twice before I had to bring it back to the library. ...

    "So much of what trauma does to us is trap us in the present; it traps us in its constraints. We often see the limitations all around us because we need to see them in order to survive. Not to see them would be deadly. We become gifted at knowing how far to push before the world pushes...

    This made me so sad and so angry but so hopeful. ...

    I was fortunate enough last spring to see DeRay Mckesson and Brene Brown have a long discussion about how to have the difficult conversations, and so much of what they discussed stuck with me and has informed my activism afterward. My favorite take-away from the whole thing was somethi...

    A well written book that confronts many of the injustices faced by minority in this country, specifically African Americans. After reading several books of a similar subject matter, I assumed I was well versed with the material, but was reminded by DeRay that there is always another as...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I picked this for a book club because I saw him speak as a guest on the Daily show with Trevor Noah and I thought he was so well-spoken that I knew I wanted to hear more about his thoughts. I?m so glad I listened to this on audio because he narrates it and I prefer listening to a mem...

  • Emmanuel
    Aug 29, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

  • Joshunda Sanders
    Jul 22, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

  • Katie
    Dec 03, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

    I chose to read this to get a perspective of someone with very different experiences and probably fairly different views that my own. I felt that I did learn from his stories and how they shaped his perspective. I had some trouble understanding who the intended audience of the book was...

    This is an interesting book/audiobook. I listened to it while I was working and was able to listen to it within a few hours. This book is a good introduction into how to what it means to be an activist. ...

    This book is excellent. DeRay mixes his story of protesting in Ferguson, what came after, his personal history, and thoughts on our criminal justice system. I read this one twice before I had to bring it back to the library. ...

    "So much of what trauma does to us is trap us in the present; it traps us in its constraints. We often see the limitations all around us because we need to see them in order to survive. Not to see them would be deadly. We become gifted at knowing how far to push before the world pushes...

    This made me so sad and so angry but so hopeful. ...

    I was fortunate enough last spring to see DeRay Mckesson and Brene Brown have a long discussion about how to have the difficult conversations, and so much of what they discussed stuck with me and has informed my activism afterward. My favorite take-away from the whole thing was somethi...

  • quinnster
    Jan 31, 2019

    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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

    I chose to read this to get a perspective of someone with very different experiences and probably fairly different views that my own. I felt that I did learn from his stories and how they shaped his perspective. I had some trouble understanding who the intended audience of the book was...

    This is an interesting book/audiobook. I listened to it while I was working and was able to listen to it within a few hours. This book is a good introduction into how to what it means to be an activist. ...

    This book is excellent. DeRay mixes his story of protesting in Ferguson, what came after, his personal history, and thoughts on our criminal justice system. I read this one twice before I had to bring it back to the library. ...

    "So much of what trauma does to us is trap us in the present; it traps us in its constraints. We often see the limitations all around us because we need to see them in order to survive. Not to see them would be deadly. We become gifted at knowing how far to push before the world pushes...

    This made me so sad and so angry but so hopeful. ...

  • Kent Winward
    Oct 10, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

  • Antoinette Perez
    Nov 09, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

    I chose to read this to get a perspective of someone with very different experiences and probably fairly different views that my own. I felt that I did learn from his stories and how they shaped his perspective. I had some trouble understanding who the intended audience of the book was...

    This is an interesting book/audiobook. I listened to it while I was working and was able to listen to it within a few hours. This book is a good introduction into how to what it means to be an activist. ...

    This book is excellent. DeRay mixes his story of protesting in Ferguson, what came after, his personal history, and thoughts on our criminal justice system. I read this one twice before I had to bring it back to the library. ...

    "So much of what trauma does to us is trap us in the present; it traps us in its constraints. We often see the limitations all around us because we need to see them in order to survive. Not to see them would be deadly. We become gifted at knowing how far to push before the world pushes...

    This made me so sad and so angry but so hopeful. ...

    I was fortunate enough last spring to see DeRay Mckesson and Brene Brown have a long discussion about how to have the difficult conversations, and so much of what they discussed stuck with me and has informed my activism afterward. My favorite take-away from the whole thing was somethi...

    A well written book that confronts many of the injustices faced by minority in this country, specifically African Americans. After reading several books of a similar subject matter, I assumed I was well versed with the material, but was reminded by DeRay that there is always another as...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I picked this for a book club because I saw him speak as a guest on the Daily show with Trevor Noah and I thought he was so well-spoken that I knew I wanted to hear more about his thoughts. I?m so glad I listened to this on audio because he narrates it and I prefer listening to a mem...

    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! ...

    ? Read it now ? ...

    DeRay writes with clear passion and direction as he offers an inspiring way forward while reflecting on his roots and the beginning of BLM's work in Ferguson. Highly recommend! ...

    Good read. Gives perspectives that any person can relate to. ...

    READ THIS. I'll definitely read it a second time, and probably a third. ...

  • Gina
    Oct 14, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

  • Jessi
    Mar 06, 2019

    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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

    I chose to read this to get a perspective of someone with very different experiences and probably fairly different views that my own. I felt that I did learn from his stories and how they shaped his perspective. I had some trouble understanding who the intended audience of the book was...

    This is an interesting book/audiobook. I listened to it while I was working and was able to listen to it within a few hours. This book is a good introduction into how to what it means to be an activist. ...

  • Nadine
    Sep 27, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Andalisa
    Nov 21, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

    I chose to read this to get a perspective of someone with very different experiences and probably fairly different views that my own. I felt that I did learn from his stories and how they shaped his perspective. I had some trouble understanding who the intended audience of the book was...

    This is an interesting book/audiobook. I listened to it while I was working and was able to listen to it within a few hours. This book is a good introduction into how to what it means to be an activist. ...

    This book is excellent. DeRay mixes his story of protesting in Ferguson, what came after, his personal history, and thoughts on our criminal justice system. I read this one twice before I had to bring it back to the library. ...

    "So much of what trauma does to us is trap us in the present; it traps us in its constraints. We often see the limitations all around us because we need to see them in order to survive. Not to see them would be deadly. We become gifted at knowing how far to push before the world pushes...

    This made me so sad and so angry but so hopeful. ...

    I was fortunate enough last spring to see DeRay Mckesson and Brene Brown have a long discussion about how to have the difficult conversations, and so much of what they discussed stuck with me and has informed my activism afterward. My favorite take-away from the whole thing was somethi...

    A well written book that confronts many of the injustices faced by minority in this country, specifically African Americans. After reading several books of a similar subject matter, I assumed I was well versed with the material, but was reminded by DeRay that there is always another as...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I picked this for a book club because I saw him speak as a guest on the Daily show with Trevor Noah and I thought he was so well-spoken that I knew I wanted to hear more about his thoughts. I?m so glad I listened to this on audio because he narrates it and I prefer listening to a mem...

    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! ...

    ? Read it now ? ...

    DeRay writes with clear passion and direction as he offers an inspiring way forward while reflecting on his roots and the beginning of BLM's work in Ferguson. Highly recommend! ...

  • Susan
    Aug 06, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

  • P. Kirby
    Jan 26, 2019

    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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

  • Christina
    Sep 25, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

    I chose to read this to get a perspective of someone with very different experiences and probably fairly different views that my own. I felt that I did learn from his stories and how they shaped his perspective. I had some trouble understanding who the intended audience of the book was...

    This is an interesting book/audiobook. I listened to it while I was working and was able to listen to it within a few hours. This book is a good introduction into how to what it means to be an activist. ...

    This book is excellent. DeRay mixes his story of protesting in Ferguson, what came after, his personal history, and thoughts on our criminal justice system. I read this one twice before I had to bring it back to the library. ...

    "So much of what trauma does to us is trap us in the present; it traps us in its constraints. We often see the limitations all around us because we need to see them in order to survive. Not to see them would be deadly. We become gifted at knowing how far to push before the world pushes...

    This made me so sad and so angry but so hopeful. ...

    I was fortunate enough last spring to see DeRay Mckesson and Brene Brown have a long discussion about how to have the difficult conversations, and so much of what they discussed stuck with me and has informed my activism afterward. My favorite take-away from the whole thing was somethi...

    A well written book that confronts many of the injustices faced by minority in this country, specifically African Americans. After reading several books of a similar subject matter, I assumed I was well versed with the material, but was reminded by DeRay that there is always another as...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I picked this for a book club because I saw him speak as a guest on the Daily show with Trevor Noah and I thought he was so well-spoken that I knew I wanted to hear more about his thoughts. I?m so glad I listened to this on audio because he narrates it and I prefer listening to a mem...

    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

    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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

    I chose to read this to get a perspective of someone with very different experiences and probably fairly different views that my own. I felt that I did learn from his stories and how they shaped his perspective. I had some trouble understanding who the intended audience of the book was...

    This is an interesting book/audiobook. I listened to it while I was working and was able to listen to it within a few hours. This book is a good introduction into how to what it means to be an activist. ...

    This book is excellent. DeRay mixes his story of protesting in Ferguson, what came after, his personal history, and thoughts on our criminal justice system. I read this one twice before I had to bring it back to the library. ...

    "So much of what trauma does to us is trap us in the present; it traps us in its constraints. We often see the limitations all around us because we need to see them in order to survive. Not to see them would be deadly. We become gifted at knowing how far to push before the world pushes...

    This made me so sad and so angry but so hopeful. ...

    I was fortunate enough last spring to see DeRay Mckesson and Brene Brown have a long discussion about how to have the difficult conversations, and so much of what they discussed stuck with me and has informed my activism afterward. My favorite take-away from the whole thing was somethi...

    A well written book that confronts many of the injustices faced by minority in this country, specifically African Americans. After reading several books of a similar subject matter, I assumed I was well versed with the material, but was reminded by DeRay that there is always another as...

    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...

  • Whitney
    Mar 04, 2019

    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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

    I chose to read this to get a perspective of someone with very different experiences and probably fairly different views that my own. I felt that I did learn from his stories and how they shaped his perspective. I had some trouble understanding who the intended audience of the book was...

    This is an interesting book/audiobook. I listened to it while I was working and was able to listen to it within a few hours. This book is a good introduction into how to what it means to be an activist. ...

    This book is excellent. DeRay mixes his story of protesting in Ferguson, what came after, his personal history, and thoughts on our criminal justice system. I read this one twice before I had to bring it back to the library. ...

  • Betsy
    Dec 06, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

    I chose to read this to get a perspective of someone with very different experiences and probably fairly different views that my own. I felt that I did learn from his stories and how they shaped his perspective. I had some trouble understanding who the intended audience of the book was...

    This is an interesting book/audiobook. I listened to it while I was working and was able to listen to it within a few hours. This book is a good introduction into how to what it means to be an activist. ...

    This book is excellent. DeRay mixes his story of protesting in Ferguson, what came after, his personal history, and thoughts on our criminal justice system. I read this one twice before I had to bring it back to the library. ...

    "So much of what trauma does to us is trap us in the present; it traps us in its constraints. We often see the limitations all around us because we need to see them in order to survive. Not to see them would be deadly. We become gifted at knowing how far to push before the world pushes...

  • Ellen
    Oct 12, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

    I chose to read this to get a perspective of someone with very different experiences and probably fairly different views that my own. I felt that I did learn from his stories and how they shaped his perspective. I had some trouble understanding who the intended audience of the book was...

    This is an interesting book/audiobook. I listened to it while I was working and was able to listen to it within a few hours. This book is a good introduction into how to what it means to be an activist. ...

    This book is excellent. DeRay mixes his story of protesting in Ferguson, what came after, his personal history, and thoughts on our criminal justice system. I read this one twice before I had to bring it back to the library. ...

    "So much of what trauma does to us is trap us in the present; it traps us in its constraints. We often see the limitations all around us because we need to see them in order to survive. Not to see them would be deadly. We become gifted at knowing how far to push before the world pushes...

    This made me so sad and so angry but so hopeful. ...

    I was fortunate enough last spring to see DeRay Mckesson and Brene Brown have a long discussion about how to have the difficult conversations, and so much of what they discussed stuck with me and has informed my activism afterward. My favorite take-away from the whole thing was somethi...

    A well written book that confronts many of the injustices faced by minority in this country, specifically African Americans. After reading several books of a similar subject matter, I assumed I was well versed with the material, but was reminded by DeRay that there is always another as...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Latoya Burdiss
    Jan 08, 2019

    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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

    I chose to read this to get a perspective of someone with very different experiences and probably fairly different views that my own. I felt that I did learn from his stories and how they shaped his perspective. I had some trouble understanding who the intended audience of the book was...

    This is an interesting book/audiobook. I listened to it while I was working and was able to listen to it within a few hours. This book is a good introduction into how to what it means to be an activist. ...

    This book is excellent. DeRay mixes his story of protesting in Ferguson, what came after, his personal history, and thoughts on our criminal justice system. I read this one twice before I had to bring it back to the library. ...

    "So much of what trauma does to us is trap us in the present; it traps us in its constraints. We often see the limitations all around us because we need to see them in order to survive. Not to see them would be deadly. We become gifted at knowing how far to push before the world pushes...

    This made me so sad and so angry but so hopeful. ...

    I was fortunate enough last spring to see DeRay Mckesson and Brene Brown have a long discussion about how to have the difficult conversations, and so much of what they discussed stuck with me and has informed my activism afterward. My favorite take-away from the whole thing was somethi...

    A well written book that confronts many of the injustices faced by minority in this country, specifically African Americans. After reading several books of a similar subject matter, I assumed I was well versed with the material, but was reminded by DeRay that there is always another as...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I picked this for a book club because I saw him speak as a guest on the Daily show with Trevor Noah and I thought he was so well-spoken that I knew I wanted to hear more about his thoughts. I?m so glad I listened to this on audio because he narrates it and I prefer listening to a mem...

    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! ...

    ? Read it now ? ...

    DeRay writes with clear passion and direction as he offers an inspiring way forward while reflecting on his roots and the beginning of BLM's work in Ferguson. Highly recommend! ...

    Good read. Gives perspectives that any person can relate to. ...

  • Bonni
    Aug 31, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

    I chose to read this to get a perspective of someone with very different experiences and probably fairly different views that my own. I felt that I did learn from his stories and how they shaped his perspective. I had some trouble understanding who the intended audience of the book was...

    This is an interesting book/audiobook. I listened to it while I was working and was able to listen to it within a few hours. This book is a good introduction into how to what it means to be an activist. ...

    This book is excellent. DeRay mixes his story of protesting in Ferguson, what came after, his personal history, and thoughts on our criminal justice system. I read this one twice before I had to bring it back to the library. ...

    "So much of what trauma does to us is trap us in the present; it traps us in its constraints. We often see the limitations all around us because we need to see them in order to survive. Not to see them would be deadly. We become gifted at knowing how far to push before the world pushes...

    This made me so sad and so angry but so hopeful. ...

    I was fortunate enough last spring to see DeRay Mckesson and Brene Brown have a long discussion about how to have the difficult conversations, and so much of what they discussed stuck with me and has informed my activism afterward. My favorite take-away from the whole thing was somethi...

    A well written book that confronts many of the injustices faced by minority in this country, specifically African Americans. After reading several books of a similar subject matter, I assumed I was well versed with the material, but was reminded by DeRay that there is always another as...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

  • Pauline
    Dec 14, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

    I chose to read this to get a perspective of someone with very different experiences and probably fairly different views that my own. I felt that I did learn from his stories and how they shaped his perspective. I had some trouble understanding who the intended audience of the book was...

  • 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

    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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

    I chose to read this to get a perspective of someone with very different experiences and probably fairly different views that my own. I felt that I did learn from his stories and how they shaped his perspective. I had some trouble understanding who the intended audience of the book was...

    This is an interesting book/audiobook. I listened to it while I was working and was able to listen to it within a few hours. This book is a good introduction into how to what it means to be an activist. ...

    This book is excellent. DeRay mixes his story of protesting in Ferguson, what came after, his personal history, and thoughts on our criminal justice system. I read this one twice before I had to bring it back to the library. ...

    "So much of what trauma does to us is trap us in the present; it traps us in its constraints. We often see the limitations all around us because we need to see them in order to survive. Not to see them would be deadly. We become gifted at knowing how far to push before the world pushes...

    This made me so sad and so angry but so hopeful. ...

    I was fortunate enough last spring to see DeRay Mckesson and Brene Brown have a long discussion about how to have the difficult conversations, and so much of what they discussed stuck with me and has informed my activism afterward. My favorite take-away from the whole thing was somethi...

    A well written book that confronts many of the injustices faced by minority in this country, specifically African Americans. After reading several books of a similar subject matter, I assumed I was well versed with the material, but was reminded by DeRay that there is always another as...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I picked this for a book club because I saw him speak as a guest on the Daily show with Trevor Noah and I thought he was so well-spoken that I knew I wanted to hear more about his thoughts. I?m so glad I listened to this on audio because he narrates it and I prefer listening to a mem...

    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! ...

    ? Read it now ? ...

  • Susie Dumond
    Sep 10, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

    I chose to read this to get a perspective of someone with very different experiences and probably fairly different views that my own. I felt that I did learn from his stories and how they shaped his perspective. I had some trouble understanding who the intended audience of the book was...

    This is an interesting book/audiobook. I listened to it while I was working and was able to listen to it within a few hours. This book is a good introduction into how to what it means to be an activist. ...

    This book is excellent. DeRay mixes his story of protesting in Ferguson, what came after, his personal history, and thoughts on our criminal justice system. I read this one twice before I had to bring it back to the library. ...

    "So much of what trauma does to us is trap us in the present; it traps us in its constraints. We often see the limitations all around us because we need to see them in order to survive. Not to see them would be deadly. We become gifted at knowing how far to push before the world pushes...

    This made me so sad and so angry but so hopeful. ...

    I was fortunate enough last spring to see DeRay Mckesson and Brene Brown have a long discussion about how to have the difficult conversations, and so much of what they discussed stuck with me and has informed my activism afterward. My favorite take-away from the whole thing was somethi...

    A well written book that confronts many of the injustices faced by minority in this country, specifically African Americans. After reading several books of a similar subject matter, I assumed I was well versed with the material, but was reminded by DeRay that there is always another as...

    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...

    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...

  • Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
    Dec 19, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

  • Debbie Notkin
    Dec 03, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

  • Jonathan
    Feb 18, 2019

    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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...

    You never have to defend your rage. You have every right to be angry about the conditions that you were born into. You did not choose this fight; this fight chose you. That we ask for justice and not revenge is a testament to the souls of black folks--that we will not become the peopl...

    I am a huge fan of POD SAVE THE PEOPLE, a podcast hosted by DeRay (who makes his listeners feel like we should use his first name) so I came to this with a positive spin ... and I was not at all disappointed. This book is mostly about how he came to activism, as a result of Mike Br...

    I chose to read this to get a perspective of someone with very different experiences and probably fairly different views that my own. I felt that I did learn from his stories and how they shaped his perspective. I had some trouble understanding who the intended audience of the book was...

    This is an interesting book/audiobook. I listened to it while I was working and was able to listen to it within a few hours. This book is a good introduction into how to what it means to be an activist. ...

    This book is excellent. DeRay mixes his story of protesting in Ferguson, what came after, his personal history, and thoughts on our criminal justice system. I read this one twice before I had to bring it back to the library. ...

    "So much of what trauma does to us is trap us in the present; it traps us in its constraints. We often see the limitations all around us because we need to see them in order to survive. Not to see them would be deadly. We become gifted at knowing how far to push before the world pushes...

    This made me so sad and so angry but so hopeful. ...

    I was fortunate enough last spring to see DeRay Mckesson and Brene Brown have a long discussion about how to have the difficult conversations, and so much of what they discussed stuck with me and has informed my activism afterward. My favorite take-away from the whole thing was somethi...

    A well written book that confronts many of the injustices faced by minority in this country, specifically African Americans. After reading several books of a similar subject matter, I assumed I was well versed with the material, but was reminded by DeRay that there is always another as...

  • brittany
    Nov 19, 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...

    Hope is the belief that our tomorrows can be better than our todays. Hope is not magic; hope is work. ? DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope . . wow, deep, honest, intelligent, DeRay Mckesson?s ?On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope? was ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    Nothing bad here, but not a lot that stands out. Nothing quite like Ta nehisi Coates or Cornell West. ...

    Finally! A discussion on racial issues that is informative and insightful! A lot of my issues with past memoirs/nonfiction that I read that focused heavily on race was that these books would read very "Racism 101" to me.  I'm not saying that I am an expert on the subject matter, bu...