Stay Woke: A People's Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter



The essential guide to understanding how racism works and how racial inequality shapes black lives, ultimately offering a road-map for resistance for racial justice advocates and antiracists

When #BlackLivesMatter went viral in 2013, it shed a light on the urgent, daily struggles of black Americans to combat racial injustice. The message resonated with millions across the country. Yet many of our political, social, and economic institutions are still embedded with racist policies and practices that devalue black lives. Stay Woke directly addresses these stark injustices and builds on the lessons of racial inequality and intersectionality the Black Lives Matter movement has challenged its fellow citizens to learn.

In this essential primer, Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Candis Watts Smith inspire readers to address the pressing issues of racial inequality, and provide a basic toolkit that will equip readers to become knowledgeable participants in public debate, activism, and politics.

This book offers a clear vision of a racially just society, and shows just how far we still need to go to achieve this reality. From activists to students to the average citizen, Stay Woke empowers all readers to work toward a better future for black Americans.

Product Details

$18.95  $17.43
New York University Press
Publish Date
September 24, 2019
6.1 X 0.8 X 8.9 inches | 0.94 pounds

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About the Author

Tehama Lopez Bunyasi is Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.

Candis Watts Smith is Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Penn State University. She received her PhD from Duke University and was awarded the 2013 Best Dissertation Award from the Race, Ethnicity and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.


"Lays bare the common sense assumptions that both sustain and obscure racism..Makes it impossible for anyone to sleep on 'Black Lives Matter' and the ongoing struggle to end racism as we know it."--Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination
"An examination of the Black Lives Matter movement that bridges gaps between academic discourse and popular culture in powerful, provocative ways ... A valuable guidebook that deconstructs myths and provides actionable steps people can take to avoid complacency and complicity; essential reading on social justice."--STARRED Library Journal
"This is the essential guide on race, racism, the BLM movement, fighting for racial justice, fighting against racial injustice, and more. I am looking at you, fellow white people! Buy this book and read it. Own it, love it, memorize it, and live it."--Ms. Magazine