Dispatches from the Diaspora: From Nelson Mandela to Black Lives Matter
Dispatches from the Diaspora brings together the vibrant journalism of one of the leading Black voices spanning the Atlantic, providing a must-read for anyone interested in the way we understand contemporary issues of race and identity.
Between following Nelson Mandela during his first election campaign in South Africa and reflecting on a journey to Barbados to bury his mother, Gary Younge here interviews major figures including Angela Davis, Maya Angelou, Desmond Tutu, and the Grime artist Stormzy. He reports from New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, joins revelers on Chicago's South Side for the evening of Barack Obama's first presidential victory, files from Ferguson as the Black Lives Matter movement starts to make waves around the world, and visits Zimbabwe during the country's descent into crisis.
Covering three decades of unparalleled reporting throughout the Black diaspora, this catalog of electrifying yet nuanced dispatches puts readers at the heart of the action, guiding them through world-shaking events, introducing them at first-hand to key players, and solidifying Younge's standing as one of the most important political journalists of his generation.
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About the Author
Gary Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster and professor of sociology at the University of Manchester in Britain. Formerly a columnist and an editor-at-large at the Guardian, he is an editorial board member of the Nation magazine and a Type Media fellow. He is the author of five books, including Another Day in the Death of America, which won the J. Anthony Lukas Prize. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the Financial Times, GQ, Granta, and beyond.
"Younge's writing is chilling, urgent and profound"
"An outstanding journalist and chronicler of the African diaspora."
--Bernardine Evaristo, Booker prize-winner
"A voice of our times."
--Stuart Hall, on Stranger in a Strange Land
"An indispensable guide to 'identity' in politics, and a terrific read."
--Margaret Atwood, on Who Are We?
"A masterwork . . . Brilliantly reported, quietly indignant and utterly gripping."
--Naomi Klein, on Another Day In the Death of America