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...

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

  • Randall
    Sep 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...

    It was a good book, I really enjoyed hearing DeRay McKesson?s story and his experiences. I think he has so much to off and strives so hard to better our society. The world is better because of DeRay. I gave 4 Stars because I felt like it got hard to follow at times. Sometimes the sou...

    If you are curious who Deray Mckesson is, where he came from, what has influenced his thinking, and what he's working on, this is a good primer. That being said, his writing in this book has a more academic feel than his podcast, Pod Save the People, where he and his panelists are more...

  • M
    Oct 16, 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...

    It was a good book, I really enjoyed hearing DeRay McKesson?s story and his experiences. I think he has so much to off and strives so hard to better our society. The world is better because of DeRay. I gave 4 Stars because I felt like it got hard to follow at times. Sometimes the sou...

    If you are curious who Deray Mckesson is, where he came from, what has influenced his thinking, and what he's working on, this is a good primer. That being said, his writing in this book has a more academic feel than his podcast, Pod Save the People, where he and his panelists are more...

    DeRay Mckesson's book is both a call to action and hope for the world as it could be. Using his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckessen speaks to all of us about how we can work to make the world better. He writes that we all can and must work...

    I've admired DeRay McKesson for years and was excited to read On the Other Side of Freedom. He has described his new book as a collection of essays, but they work together coherently. The book is an engaging and smart synthesis of accessible philosophy, practical guide, and memoir. It ...

    I've been listening to Mckesson's Pod Save the People for a while now, and really appreciated the way he talks about justice issues for people of color. This combination memoir/reflection on justice is in the same ballpark; it's reflective, realistic without being cynical, motivating, ...

    This is yet another book I?ve read this year that has earned its space on the shelf of required reading for the current day. Mckesson using anecdote and data to immerse the listener in the life of the activist including both the harsh realities of fighting injustice and as well a...

    I loved the essays in this book. DeRay Mckesson is a gifted writer and tackles tough issues with clarity and grace. The impacts of racism, homophobia and our inhumane justice system are treated as they need to be - as human built systems that can and must be rebuilt. A book worth readi...

    On the Other Side of Freedom was such an insightful and inspiring read. I only wish DeRay would have delved even deeper into the subject of black men and homosexuality as well as the relationship with his mother. For such personal topics, I felt they were thrown in and somewhat glossed...

    I never understood why Barack Obama titled one of his books The Audacity of Hope, but I get it now. This is packed full of wisdom, insight, and hope. I love Pod Save the People, and DeRay shines in this written collection of his experience in trying to better the world for others. I fe...

    DeRay spent over 400 days in Ferguson, MO fighting against police brutality, experiencing it first hand. He writes of what he learned about organizing, community and courage through this experience. His story is full of passion and heart as well as anger and logical analysis of racism....

    Mr. McKesson introduces himself and philosophy to the general public in a way that in my opinion alienates more people than the Black Lives Matter slogan. He has his views and has a right to them but I see no effort to reach across the political aisle. His autobiographical account was ...

    This has been one of the best books I?ve read this year. DeRay shares strands of his life while reminding you that there?s still much to learn. I do wish, however, that he included endnotes as he references a lot of outside material that I want to dig into but have to go on a treas...

    DeRay has dedicated his life to activism and justice, and he takes us from the origins of his protests in Ferguson to the Black Lives Matter movement. I was truly inspired by his work, and the personal stories about his childhood, adolescence, and being gay and black in America. I look...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

  • Bonnie
    Sep 15, 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...

    It was a good book, I really enjoyed hearing DeRay McKesson?s story and his experiences. I think he has so much to off and strives so hard to better our society. The world is better because of DeRay. I gave 4 Stars because I felt like it got hard to follow at times. Sometimes the sou...

    If you are curious who Deray Mckesson is, where he came from, what has influenced his thinking, and what he's working on, this is a good primer. That being said, his writing in this book has a more academic feel than his podcast, Pod Save the People, where he and his panelists are more...

    DeRay Mckesson's book is both a call to action and hope for the world as it could be. Using his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckessen speaks to all of us about how we can work to make the world better. He writes that we all can and must work...

    I've admired DeRay McKesson for years and was excited to read On the Other Side of Freedom. He has described his new book as a collection of essays, but they work together coherently. The book is an engaging and smart synthesis of accessible philosophy, practical guide, and memoir. It ...

    I've been listening to Mckesson's Pod Save the People for a while now, and really appreciated the way he talks about justice issues for people of color. This combination memoir/reflection on justice is in the same ballpark; it's reflective, realistic without being cynical, motivating, ...

    This is yet another book I?ve read this year that has earned its space on the shelf of required reading for the current day. Mckesson using anecdote and data to immerse the listener in the life of the activist including both the harsh realities of fighting injustice and as well a...

    I loved the essays in this book. DeRay Mckesson is a gifted writer and tackles tough issues with clarity and grace. The impacts of racism, homophobia and our inhumane justice system are treated as they need to be - as human built systems that can and must be rebuilt. A book worth readi...

    On the Other Side of Freedom was such an insightful and inspiring read. I only wish DeRay would have delved even deeper into the subject of black men and homosexuality as well as the relationship with his mother. For such personal topics, I felt they were thrown in and somewhat glossed...

    I never understood why Barack Obama titled one of his books The Audacity of Hope, but I get it now. This is packed full of wisdom, insight, and hope. I love Pod Save the People, and DeRay shines in this written collection of his experience in trying to better the world for others. I fe...

  • Elizabeth Kissling
    Aug 15, 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...

    It was a good book, I really enjoyed hearing DeRay McKesson?s story and his experiences. I think he has so much to off and strives so hard to better our society. The world is better because of DeRay. I gave 4 Stars because I felt like it got hard to follow at times. Sometimes the sou...

    If you are curious who Deray Mckesson is, where he came from, what has influenced his thinking, and what he's working on, this is a good primer. That being said, his writing in this book has a more academic feel than his podcast, Pod Save the People, where he and his panelists are more...

    DeRay Mckesson's book is both a call to action and hope for the world as it could be. Using his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckessen speaks to all of us about how we can work to make the world better. He writes that we all can and must work...

    I've admired DeRay McKesson for years and was excited to read On the Other Side of Freedom. He has described his new book as a collection of essays, but they work together coherently. The book is an engaging and smart synthesis of accessible philosophy, practical guide, and memoir. It ...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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. ...

  • Mary
    Sep 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

  • Steve
    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...

    It was a good book, I really enjoyed hearing DeRay McKesson?s story and his experiences. I think he has so much to off and strives so hard to better our society. The world is better because of DeRay. I gave 4 Stars because I felt like it got hard to follow at times. Sometimes the sou...

    If you are curious who Deray Mckesson is, where he came from, what has influenced his thinking, and what he's working on, this is a good primer. That being said, his writing in this book has a more academic feel than his podcast, Pod Save the People, where he and his panelists are more...

    DeRay Mckesson's book is both a call to action and hope for the world as it could be. Using his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckessen speaks to all of us about how we can work to make the world better. He writes that we all can and must work...

    I've admired DeRay McKesson for years and was excited to read On the Other Side of Freedom. He has described his new book as a collection of essays, but they work together coherently. The book is an engaging and smart synthesis of accessible philosophy, practical guide, and memoir. It ...

    I've been listening to Mckesson's Pod Save the People for a while now, and really appreciated the way he talks about justice issues for people of color. This combination memoir/reflection on justice is in the same ballpark; it's reflective, realistic without being cynical, motivating, ...

    This is yet another book I?ve read this year that has earned its space on the shelf of required reading for the current day. Mckesson using anecdote and data to immerse the listener in the life of the activist including both the harsh realities of fighting injustice and as well a...

    I loved the essays in this book. DeRay Mckesson is a gifted writer and tackles tough issues with clarity and grace. The impacts of racism, homophobia and our inhumane justice system are treated as they need to be - as human built systems that can and must be rebuilt. A book worth readi...

    On the Other Side of Freedom was such an insightful and inspiring read. I only wish DeRay would have delved even deeper into the subject of black men and homosexuality as well as the relationship with his mother. For such personal topics, I felt they were thrown in and somewhat glossed...

    I never understood why Barack Obama titled one of his books The Audacity of Hope, but I get it now. This is packed full of wisdom, insight, and hope. I love Pod Save the People, and DeRay shines in this written collection of his experience in trying to better the world for others. I fe...

    DeRay spent over 400 days in Ferguson, MO fighting against police brutality, experiencing it first hand. He writes of what he learned about organizing, community and courage through this experience. His story is full of passion and heart as well as anger and logical analysis of racism....

    Mr. McKesson introduces himself and philosophy to the general public in a way that in my opinion alienates more people than the Black Lives Matter slogan. He has his views and has a right to them but I see no effort to reach across the political aisle. His autobiographical account was ...

    This has been one of the best books I?ve read this year. DeRay shares strands of his life while reminding you that there?s still much to learn. I do wish, however, that he included endnotes as he references a lot of outside material that I want to dig into but have to go on a treas...

    DeRay has dedicated his life to activism and justice, and he takes us from the origins of his protests in Ferguson to the Black Lives Matter movement. I was truly inspired by his work, and the personal stories about his childhood, adolescence, and being gay and black in America. I look...

    This book is beautifully and powerfully written, both the memoir reflections and the experiences and lessons learned from organizing. Mckesson returns to several themes throughout, which are timely and inform the entire book, and they shed valuable light on the racism and police violen...

    I found it to be insightful, entertaining and put things in perspective. Good read for young adults about history and the ever changing burden placed on one race. It provides a better understanding of the struggle and why so many failures of people. It also show how those who succeeded...

    Deray?s thoughtful as always in this series of essays about himself, his life as an activist and organizer, and how he sees our path forward to a more just society. Through the pain he shares, there remains a sense of hope and optimism about the work being worth it, which is an impor...

  • Jean
    Sep 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...

    It was a good book, I really enjoyed hearing DeRay McKesson?s story and his experiences. I think he has so much to off and strives so hard to better our society. The world is better because of DeRay. I gave 4 Stars because I felt like it got hard to follow at times. Sometimes the sou...

    If you are curious who Deray Mckesson is, where he came from, what has influenced his thinking, and what he's working on, this is a good primer. That being said, his writing in this book has a more academic feel than his podcast, Pod Save the People, where he and his panelists are more...

    DeRay Mckesson's book is both a call to action and hope for the world as it could be. Using his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckessen speaks to all of us about how we can work to make the world better. He writes that we all can and must work...

  • Hayley
    Oct 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

  • Molly
    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...

    It was a good book, I really enjoyed hearing DeRay McKesson?s story and his experiences. I think he has so much to off and strives so hard to better our society. The world is better because of DeRay. I gave 4 Stars because I felt like it got hard to follow at times. Sometimes the sou...

    If you are curious who Deray Mckesson is, where he came from, what has influenced his thinking, and what he's working on, this is a good primer. That being said, his writing in this book has a more academic feel than his podcast, Pod Save the People, where he and his panelists are more...

    DeRay Mckesson's book is both a call to action and hope for the world as it could be. Using his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckessen speaks to all of us about how we can work to make the world better. He writes that we all can and must work...

    I've admired DeRay McKesson for years and was excited to read On the Other Side of Freedom. He has described his new book as a collection of essays, but they work together coherently. The book is an engaging and smart synthesis of accessible philosophy, practical guide, and memoir. It ...

    I've been listening to Mckesson's Pod Save the People for a while now, and really appreciated the way he talks about justice issues for people of color. This combination memoir/reflection on justice is in the same ballpark; it's reflective, realistic without being cynical, motivating, ...

    This is yet another book I?ve read this year that has earned its space on the shelf of required reading for the current day. Mckesson using anecdote and data to immerse the listener in the life of the activist including both the harsh realities of fighting injustice and as well a...

    I loved the essays in this book. DeRay Mckesson is a gifted writer and tackles tough issues with clarity and grace. The impacts of racism, homophobia and our inhumane justice system are treated as they need to be - as human built systems that can and must be rebuilt. A book worth readi...

    On the Other Side of Freedom was such an insightful and inspiring read. I only wish DeRay would have delved even deeper into the subject of black men and homosexuality as well as the relationship with his mother. For such personal topics, I felt they were thrown in and somewhat glossed...

    I never understood why Barack Obama titled one of his books The Audacity of Hope, but I get it now. This is packed full of wisdom, insight, and hope. I love Pod Save the People, and DeRay shines in this written collection of his experience in trying to better the world for others. I fe...

    DeRay spent over 400 days in Ferguson, MO fighting against police brutality, experiencing it first hand. He writes of what he learned about organizing, community and courage through this experience. His story is full of passion and heart as well as anger and logical analysis of racism....

    Mr. McKesson introduces himself and philosophy to the general public in a way that in my opinion alienates more people than the Black Lives Matter slogan. He has his views and has a right to them but I see no effort to reach across the political aisle. His autobiographical account was ...

    This has been one of the best books I?ve read this year. DeRay shares strands of his life while reminding you that there?s still much to learn. I do wish, however, that he included endnotes as he references a lot of outside material that I want to dig into but have to go on a treas...

    DeRay has dedicated his life to activism and justice, and he takes us from the origins of his protests in Ferguson to the Black Lives Matter movement. I was truly inspired by his work, and the personal stories about his childhood, adolescence, and being gay and black in America. I look...

    This book is beautifully and powerfully written, both the memoir reflections and the experiences and lessons learned from organizing. Mckesson returns to several themes throughout, which are timely and inform the entire book, and they shed valuable light on the racism and police violen...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

  • Joseph A. Watson
    Oct 17, 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...

    It was a good book, I really enjoyed hearing DeRay McKesson?s story and his experiences. I think he has so much to off and strives so hard to better our society. The world is better because of DeRay. I gave 4 Stars because I felt like it got hard to follow at times. Sometimes the sou...

    If you are curious who Deray Mckesson is, where he came from, what has influenced his thinking, and what he's working on, this is a good primer. That being said, his writing in this book has a more academic feel than his podcast, Pod Save the People, where he and his panelists are more...

    DeRay Mckesson's book is both a call to action and hope for the world as it could be. Using his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckessen speaks to all of us about how we can work to make the world better. He writes that we all can and must work...

    I've admired DeRay McKesson for years and was excited to read On the Other Side of Freedom. He has described his new book as a collection of essays, but they work together coherently. The book is an engaging and smart synthesis of accessible philosophy, practical guide, and memoir. It ...

    I've been listening to Mckesson's Pod Save the People for a while now, and really appreciated the way he talks about justice issues for people of color. This combination memoir/reflection on justice is in the same ballpark; it's reflective, realistic without being cynical, motivating, ...

    This is yet another book I?ve read this year that has earned its space on the shelf of required reading for the current day. Mckesson using anecdote and data to immerse the listener in the life of the activist including both the harsh realities of fighting injustice and as well a...

    I loved the essays in this book. DeRay Mckesson is a gifted writer and tackles tough issues with clarity and grace. The impacts of racism, homophobia and our inhumane justice system are treated as they need to be - as human built systems that can and must be rebuilt. A book worth readi...

    On the Other Side of Freedom was such an insightful and inspiring read. I only wish DeRay would have delved even deeper into the subject of black men and homosexuality as well as the relationship with his mother. For such personal topics, I felt they were thrown in and somewhat glossed...

    I never understood why Barack Obama titled one of his books The Audacity of Hope, but I get it now. This is packed full of wisdom, insight, and hope. I love Pod Save the People, and DeRay shines in this written collection of his experience in trying to better the world for others. I fe...

    DeRay spent over 400 days in Ferguson, MO fighting against police brutality, experiencing it first hand. He writes of what he learned about organizing, community and courage through this experience. His story is full of passion and heart as well as anger and logical analysis of racism....

    Mr. McKesson introduces himself and philosophy to the general public in a way that in my opinion alienates more people than the Black Lives Matter slogan. He has his views and has a right to them but I see no effort to reach across the political aisle. His autobiographical account was ...

    This has been one of the best books I?ve read this year. DeRay shares strands of his life while reminding you that there?s still much to learn. I do wish, however, that he included endnotes as he references a lot of outside material that I want to dig into but have to go on a treas...

    DeRay has dedicated his life to activism and justice, and he takes us from the origins of his protests in Ferguson to the Black Lives Matter movement. I was truly inspired by his work, and the personal stories about his childhood, adolescence, and being gay and black in America. I look...

    This book is beautifully and powerfully written, both the memoir reflections and the experiences and lessons learned from organizing. Mckesson returns to several themes throughout, which are timely and inform the entire book, and they shed valuable light on the racism and police violen...

    I found it to be insightful, entertaining and put things in perspective. Good read for young adults about history and the ever changing burden placed on one race. It provides a better understanding of the struggle and why so many failures of people. It also show how those who succeeded...

  • Mary
    Sep 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...

    It was a good book, I really enjoyed hearing DeRay McKesson?s story and his experiences. I think he has so much to off and strives so hard to better our society. The world is better because of DeRay. I gave 4 Stars because I felt like it got hard to follow at times. Sometimes the sou...

    If you are curious who Deray Mckesson is, where he came from, what has influenced his thinking, and what he's working on, this is a good primer. That being said, his writing in this book has a more academic feel than his podcast, Pod Save the People, where he and his panelists are more...

    DeRay Mckesson's book is both a call to action and hope for the world as it could be. Using his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckessen speaks to all of us about how we can work to make the world better. He writes that we all can and must work...

    I've admired DeRay McKesson for years and was excited to read On the Other Side of Freedom. He has described his new book as a collection of essays, but they work together coherently. The book is an engaging and smart synthesis of accessible philosophy, practical guide, and memoir. It ...

    I've been listening to Mckesson's Pod Save the People for a while now, and really appreciated the way he talks about justice issues for people of color. This combination memoir/reflection on justice is in the same ballpark; it's reflective, realistic without being cynical, motivating, ...

    This is yet another book I?ve read this year that has earned its space on the shelf of required reading for the current day. Mckesson using anecdote and data to immerse the listener in the life of the activist including both the harsh realities of fighting injustice and as well a...

    I loved the essays in this book. DeRay Mckesson is a gifted writer and tackles tough issues with clarity and grace. The impacts of racism, homophobia and our inhumane justice system are treated as they need to be - as human built systems that can and must be rebuilt. A book worth readi...

  • Karen Adkins
    Sep 15, 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...

    It was a good book, I really enjoyed hearing DeRay McKesson?s story and his experiences. I think he has so much to off and strives so hard to better our society. The world is better because of DeRay. I gave 4 Stars because I felt like it got hard to follow at times. Sometimes the sou...

    If you are curious who Deray Mckesson is, where he came from, what has influenced his thinking, and what he's working on, this is a good primer. That being said, his writing in this book has a more academic feel than his podcast, Pod Save the People, where he and his panelists are more...

    DeRay Mckesson's book is both a call to action and hope for the world as it could be. Using his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckessen speaks to all of us about how we can work to make the world better. He writes that we all can and must work...

    I've admired DeRay McKesson for years and was excited to read On the Other Side of Freedom. He has described his new book as a collection of essays, but they work together coherently. The book is an engaging and smart synthesis of accessible philosophy, practical guide, and memoir. It ...

    I've been listening to Mckesson's Pod Save the People for a while now, and really appreciated the way he talks about justice issues for people of color. This combination memoir/reflection on justice is in the same ballpark; it's reflective, realistic without being cynical, motivating, ...

  • Brandy O'Rourke
    Sep 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...

    It was a good book, I really enjoyed hearing DeRay McKesson?s story and his experiences. I think he has so much to off and strives so hard to better our society. The world is better because of DeRay. I gave 4 Stars because I felt like it got hard to follow at times. Sometimes the sou...

    If you are curious who Deray Mckesson is, where he came from, what has influenced his thinking, and what he's working on, this is a good primer. That being said, his writing in this book has a more academic feel than his podcast, Pod Save the People, where he and his panelists are more...

    DeRay Mckesson's book is both a call to action and hope for the world as it could be. Using his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckessen speaks to all of us about how we can work to make the world better. He writes that we all can and must work...

    I've admired DeRay McKesson for years and was excited to read On the Other Side of Freedom. He has described his new book as a collection of essays, but they work together coherently. The book is an engaging and smart synthesis of accessible philosophy, practical guide, and memoir. It ...

    I've been listening to Mckesson's Pod Save the People for a while now, and really appreciated the way he talks about justice issues for people of color. This combination memoir/reflection on justice is in the same ballpark; it's reflective, realistic without being cynical, motivating, ...

    This is yet another book I?ve read this year that has earned its space on the shelf of required reading for the current day. Mckesson using anecdote and data to immerse the listener in the life of the activist including both the harsh realities of fighting injustice and as well a...

  • Jonathan Monnet
    Sep 26, 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...

    It was a good book, I really enjoyed hearing DeRay McKesson?s story and his experiences. I think he has so much to off and strives so hard to better our society. The world is better because of DeRay. I gave 4 Stars because I felt like it got hard to follow at times. Sometimes the sou...

    If you are curious who Deray Mckesson is, where he came from, what has influenced his thinking, and what he's working on, this is a good primer. That being said, his writing in this book has a more academic feel than his podcast, Pod Save the People, where he and his panelists are more...

    DeRay Mckesson's book is both a call to action and hope for the world as it could be. Using his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckessen speaks to all of us about how we can work to make the world better. He writes that we all can and must work...

    I've admired DeRay McKesson for years and was excited to read On the Other Side of Freedom. He has described his new book as a collection of essays, but they work together coherently. The book is an engaging and smart synthesis of accessible philosophy, practical guide, and memoir. It ...

    I've been listening to Mckesson's Pod Save the People for a while now, and really appreciated the way he talks about justice issues for people of color. This combination memoir/reflection on justice is in the same ballpark; it's reflective, realistic without being cynical, motivating, ...

    This is yet another book I?ve read this year that has earned its space on the shelf of required reading for the current day. Mckesson using anecdote and data to immerse the listener in the life of the activist including both the harsh realities of fighting injustice and as well a...

    I loved the essays in this book. DeRay Mckesson is a gifted writer and tackles tough issues with clarity and grace. The impacts of racism, homophobia and our inhumane justice system are treated as they need to be - as human built systems that can and must be rebuilt. A book worth readi...

    On the Other Side of Freedom was such an insightful and inspiring read. I only wish DeRay would have delved even deeper into the subject of black men and homosexuality as well as the relationship with his mother. For such personal topics, I felt they were thrown in and somewhat glossed...

    I never understood why Barack Obama titled one of his books The Audacity of Hope, but I get it now. This is packed full of wisdom, insight, and hope. I love Pod Save the People, and DeRay shines in this written collection of his experience in trying to better the world for others. I fe...

    DeRay spent over 400 days in Ferguson, MO fighting against police brutality, experiencing it first hand. He writes of what he learned about organizing, community and courage through this experience. His story is full of passion and heart as well as anger and logical analysis of racism....

    Mr. McKesson introduces himself and philosophy to the general public in a way that in my opinion alienates more people than the Black Lives Matter slogan. He has his views and has a right to them but I see no effort to reach across the political aisle. His autobiographical account was ...

  • Theresa
    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...

    It was a good book, I really enjoyed hearing DeRay McKesson?s story and his experiences. I think he has so much to off and strives so hard to better our society. The world is better because of DeRay. I gave 4 Stars because I felt like it got hard to follow at times. Sometimes the sou...

    If you are curious who Deray Mckesson is, where he came from, what has influenced his thinking, and what he's working on, this is a good primer. That being said, his writing in this book has a more academic feel than his podcast, Pod Save the People, where he and his panelists are more...

    DeRay Mckesson's book is both a call to action and hope for the world as it could be. Using his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckessen speaks to all of us about how we can work to make the world better. He writes that we all can and must work...

    I've admired DeRay McKesson for years and was excited to read On the Other Side of Freedom. He has described his new book as a collection of essays, but they work together coherently. The book is an engaging and smart synthesis of accessible philosophy, practical guide, and memoir. It ...

    I've been listening to Mckesson's Pod Save the People for a while now, and really appreciated the way he talks about justice issues for people of color. This combination memoir/reflection on justice is in the same ballpark; it's reflective, realistic without being cynical, motivating, ...

    This is yet another book I?ve read this year that has earned its space on the shelf of required reading for the current day. Mckesson using anecdote and data to immerse the listener in the life of the activist including both the harsh realities of fighting injustice and as well a...

    I loved the essays in this book. DeRay Mckesson is a gifted writer and tackles tough issues with clarity and grace. The impacts of racism, homophobia and our inhumane justice system are treated as they need to be - as human built systems that can and must be rebuilt. A book worth readi...

    On the Other Side of Freedom was such an insightful and inspiring read. I only wish DeRay would have delved even deeper into the subject of black men and homosexuality as well as the relationship with his mother. For such personal topics, I felt they were thrown in and somewhat glossed...

    I never understood why Barack Obama titled one of his books The Audacity of Hope, but I get it now. This is packed full of wisdom, insight, and hope. I love Pod Save the People, and DeRay shines in this written collection of his experience in trying to better the world for others. I fe...

    DeRay spent over 400 days in Ferguson, MO fighting against police brutality, experiencing it first hand. He writes of what he learned about organizing, community and courage through this experience. His story is full of passion and heart as well as anger and logical analysis of racism....

  • Jordan | Jordan’s Book Collection
    Oct 02, 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...

    It was a good book, I really enjoyed hearing DeRay McKesson?s story and his experiences. I think he has so much to off and strives so hard to better our society. The world is better because of DeRay. I gave 4 Stars because I felt like it got hard to follow at times. Sometimes the sou...

    If you are curious who Deray Mckesson is, where he came from, what has influenced his thinking, and what he's working on, this is a good primer. That being said, his writing in this book has a more academic feel than his podcast, Pod Save the People, where he and his panelists are more...

    DeRay Mckesson's book is both a call to action and hope for the world as it could be. Using his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckessen speaks to all of us about how we can work to make the world better. He writes that we all can and must work...

    I've admired DeRay McKesson for years and was excited to read On the Other Side of Freedom. He has described his new book as a collection of essays, but they work together coherently. The book is an engaging and smart synthesis of accessible philosophy, practical guide, and memoir. It ...

    I've been listening to Mckesson's Pod Save the People for a while now, and really appreciated the way he talks about justice issues for people of color. This combination memoir/reflection on justice is in the same ballpark; it's reflective, realistic without being cynical, motivating, ...

    This is yet another book I?ve read this year that has earned its space on the shelf of required reading for the current day. Mckesson using anecdote and data to immerse the listener in the life of the activist including both the harsh realities of fighting injustice and as well a...

    I loved the essays in this book. DeRay Mckesson is a gifted writer and tackles tough issues with clarity and grace. The impacts of racism, homophobia and our inhumane justice system are treated as they need to be - as human built systems that can and must be rebuilt. A book worth readi...

    On the Other Side of Freedom was such an insightful and inspiring read. I only wish DeRay would have delved even deeper into the subject of black men and homosexuality as well as the relationship with his mother. For such personal topics, I felt they were thrown in and somewhat glossed...

    I never understood why Barack Obama titled one of his books The Audacity of Hope, but I get it now. This is packed full of wisdom, insight, and hope. I love Pod Save the People, and DeRay shines in this written collection of his experience in trying to better the world for others. I fe...

    DeRay spent over 400 days in Ferguson, MO fighting against police brutality, experiencing it first hand. He writes of what he learned about organizing, community and courage through this experience. His story is full of passion and heart as well as anger and logical analysis of racism....

    Mr. McKesson introduces himself and philosophy to the general public in a way that in my opinion alienates more people than the Black Lives Matter slogan. He has his views and has a right to them but I see no effort to reach across the political aisle. His autobiographical account was ...

    This has been one of the best books I?ve read this year. DeRay shares strands of his life while reminding you that there?s still much to learn. I do wish, however, that he included endnotes as he references a lot of outside material that I want to dig into but have to go on a treas...

  • D’Anna Lerma
    Oct 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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...

    It was a good book, I really enjoyed hearing DeRay McKesson?s story and his experiences. I think he has so much to off and strives so hard to better our society. The world is better because of DeRay. I gave 4 Stars because I felt like it got hard to follow at times. Sometimes the sou...

    If you are curious who Deray Mckesson is, where he came from, what has influenced his thinking, and what he's working on, this is a good primer. That being said, his writing in this book has a more academic feel than his podcast, Pod Save the People, where he and his panelists are more...

    DeRay Mckesson's book is both a call to action and hope for the world as it could be. Using his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckessen speaks to all of us about how we can work to make the world better. He writes that we all can and must work...

    I've admired DeRay McKesson for years and was excited to read On the Other Side of Freedom. He has described his new book as a collection of essays, but they work together coherently. The book is an engaging and smart synthesis of accessible philosophy, practical guide, and memoir. It ...

    I've been listening to Mckesson's Pod Save the People for a while now, and really appreciated the way he talks about justice issues for people of color. This combination memoir/reflection on justice is in the same ballpark; it's reflective, realistic without being cynical, motivating, ...

    This is yet another book I?ve read this year that has earned its space on the shelf of required reading for the current day. Mckesson using anecdote and data to immerse the listener in the life of the activist including both the harsh realities of fighting injustice and as well a...

    I loved the essays in this book. DeRay Mckesson is a gifted writer and tackles tough issues with clarity and grace. The impacts of racism, homophobia and our inhumane justice system are treated as they need to be - as human built systems that can and must be rebuilt. A book worth readi...

    On the Other Side of Freedom was such an insightful and inspiring read. I only wish DeRay would have delved even deeper into the subject of black men and homosexuality as well as the relationship with his mother. For such personal topics, I felt they were thrown in and somewhat glossed...

  • Jordan Smith
    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

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

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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 found this to be an inspiring read, though one that I didn't walk away from with a lot of concrete quotes. A good, solid read. I look forward to what else Mckesson has to say. ...

    Definitely worth going back to as I think about how I can contribute to movements for social justice. Mckesson thoughtfully examines how liberation movements can be effective in the age of social media, and lays out a vision for moving society forward. It?s an expansive, embracing vi...

    It was a good book, I really enjoyed hearing DeRay McKesson?s story and his experiences. I think he has so much to off and strives so hard to better our society. The world is better because of DeRay. I gave 4 Stars because I felt like it got hard to follow at times. Sometimes the sou...