Celebrity Picks: DeRay Mckesson's Favorite Reads of 2018

Jon Foro on January 03, 2019

225DeRay.jpgAfter starting his career as an educator, DeRay Mckesson came to prominence for his participation in—and documentation of—the Ferguson protests and the movement they birthed, and for publicly advocating for victims of police violence and to end mass incarceration. He's spoken at venues from the White House to the Oxford Union, and was named one of Time's 30 Most Influential People on the Internet.

Mckesson's first book is a conversation about activism, resistance, and justice. On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope dissects how deliberate oppression persists, how racial injustice strips our lives of promise, and how technology has added a new dimension to mass action and social change. The book offers a new framework and language for understanding the nature of oppression, and how we can chart a course to dismantle the obvious and subtle structures that limit freedom. 

See what Mckesson has been reading in the last year (and why), and look here for the latest celebrity favorites. For even more recommendations, learn more about the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year.

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There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald

In his powerful, lyrical and candid debut, Gerald uses his personal story to pull back the veil on the way we live our lives, the truths we tell ourselves in order to survive, and a promise for a world better than this one.

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The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I loved this book from the first sentence until the last. I wanted to be in the world that Adeyemi created and I now consider these characters my friends.

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Heavy by Kiese Laymon

Laymon's essays tell a story about blackness and self that are both personal and universal, joyful and weighty, and are a reminder that every story is a lesson in power.

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