Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People

Finalist, National Book Awards 2021 for Young People's Literature

ISBN 9781536214185
Candlewick Press
Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon is the author of the young adult novel The Rock and the River, which won the John Steptoe New Talent Award and was the first mainstream novel for young people to feature the Black Panther Party. She is the Margaret A. Edwards Award–winning author of more than a dozen books for young readers. (Photo credit: Kekla Magoon) More about this author >

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In this comprehensive, inspiring, and all-too-relevant history of the Black Panther Party, Kekla Magoon introduces readers to the Panthers’ community activism, grounded in the concept of self-defense, which taught Black Americans how to protect and support themselves in a country that treated them like second-class citizens. For too long the Panthers’ story has been a footnote to the civil rights movement rather than what it was: a revolutionary socialist movement that drew thousands of members—mostly women—and became the target of one of the most sustained repression efforts ever made by the U.S. government against its own citizens.

Revolution in Our Time puts the Panthers in the proper context of Black American history, from the first arrival of enslaved people to the Black Lives Matter movement of today. Kekla Magoon’s eye-opening work invites a new generation of readers grappling with injustices in the United States to learn from the Panthers’ history and courage, inspiring them to take their own place in the ongoing fight for justice.

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Kekla Magoon’s expansive research, precise selection of images, and incisive prose testify to the Black Panther Party’s astute organizational skills, humanity, and vulnerability. Revolution in Our Time positions this resistance movement at the precipice of American democracy and social upheaval. Magoon discerns the Party’s promise and testifies to its indelible, abiding influence on how we understand insurgence and political autonomy in the face of brutal injustice. An invaluable history that belongs on every bookshelf.


Kekla Magoon, 2021 NBAwards Young People’s Lit. Finalist, reads from REVOLUTION IN OUR TIME