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Charles M Blow in conversation with Bakari Sellers

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Race, as we have come to understand it, is a fiction; but, racism, as we have come to live it, is a fact. The point here is not to impose a new racial hierarchy, but to remove an existing one. After centuries of waiting for white majorities to overturn white supremacy, it seems to me that it has fallen to Black people to do it themselves. —Charles Blow

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Acclaimed columnist and author Charles Blow never wanted to write a “race book.” But as violence against Black people—both physical and psychological—seemed only to increase in recent years, culminating in the historic pandemic and protests of the summer of 2020, he felt compelled to write a new story for Black Americans. He envisioned a succinct, counterintuitive, and impassioned corrective to the myths that have for too long governed our thinking about race and geography in America. Drawing on both political observations and personal experience as a Black son of the South, Charles set out to offer a call to action by which Black people can finally achieve equality, on their own terms.

So what will it take to make lasting change when small steps have so frequently failed? It’s going to take an unprecedented shift in power. THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is a groundbreaking manifesto, proposing nothing short of the most audacious power play by Black people in the history of this country.

CHARLES M. BLOW is an acclaimed journalist and op-ed columnist for the New York Times who appears frequently on CNN. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which has been adapted into an opera by Terence Blanchard that will open the 2021–22 season of the Metropolitan Opera. This will be a historic occasion—the first time an opera by a Black composer appears on the Met stage. He graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University in Louisiana, where he received a B.A. in mass communications. He lives in Atlanta and has three children.

BAKARI SELLERS made history in 2006 when, at just twenty-two years old, he defeated a twenty-six-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2014 he was the Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor in the state of South Carolina. Sellers is a CNN political analyst and served in the South Carolina state legislature. Recently named to Time's ""40 Under 40"" list, he is also a practicing attorney who fights to give a voice to the voiceless.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 4:00pm
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Books: 
The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062914668
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Published: Harper - January 26th, 2021

From journalist and New York Times bestselling author Charles Blow comes a powerful manifesto and call to action for Black Americans to amass political power and fight white supremacy.


Fire Shut Up in My Bones Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780544570115
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 2015

My Vanishing Country: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062917454
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Published: Amistad - May 19th, 2020

New York Times Bestseller

What J. D. Vance did for Appalachia with Hillbilly Elegy, CNN analyst  and one of the youngest state representatives in South Carolina history Bakari Sellers does for the rural South, in this important book that illuminates the lives of America’s forgotten black working-class men and women.