Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the 21st Century Barbara Ransby makes the case that these disparate events are woven together in a tableau of systemic and institutionalized racism. More important, she compellingly argues that the effort to connect these events is no fool’s errand but rather a necessary aspect of understanding Black Lives Matter , a social movement that has unfolded — and continues to take shape — in our present political and social milieu ... Ransby highlights the aspects of black feminist thought that mark Black Lives Matter as distinct from earlier movements, but she is hard-pressed to explain the challenges to these ideological underpinnings that have arisen within the movement ... this is a small price to pay for a book that is as accessible as it is urgent and necessary. Ransby’s eyewitness account of the players and the events that built the Black Lives Matter movement spring to life with an immediacy and familiarity that provides rich color and feeling to what might have been, in other hands, a bloodless march through recent history.
Historian Ransby, delivers an accessible analysis of contemporary American racial-justice organizing, focusing on the Movement for Black Lives and Black Lives Matter. She gives a wide-ranging overview of grassroots organizations, beginning with the responses to Trayvon Martin’s murder and George Zimmerman’s acquittal, and the protests in Ferguson, Mo., after Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer ... This perceptive resource on radical black liberation movements in the 21st century can inform anyone wanting to better understand why these movements sprang up or how to make social change.