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Die Nigger Die!: A Political Autobiography…

Die Nigger Die!: A Political Autobiography of Jamil Abdullah al-Amin

by H. Rap Brown (Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin)

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Former head of the SNCC and Minister of Justice for the Black Panthers and current prison inmate convicted for the murder of two cops H. Rap Brown is a man with some grievances. Grievances that he feels America has met with such ill faith that he isn't obligated to be civil about them.

The revolutionary theory parts are pretty standard stuff you've heard before but there's a lot of valuable detail about the texture of growing up black in 1950s America and interesting historical tidbits about the Civil Rights struggle that get glossed over in the popular modern conception.

Brown's relentless hostility and verbal flair make this book a consistently entertaining read whose 140 or so pages fly by in short order. ( )
  jhudsui | Jan 21, 2013 |
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More than any other black leader, H. Rap Brown, chairperson of the radical Black Power organization Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), came to symbolize the ideology of black revolution. This autobiography, which was first published in 1969, went through seven printings and has long been unavailable, chronicles the making of a revolutionary. It is much more than a personal history, however; it is a call to arms, an urgent message to the black community to be the vanguard force in the struggle of oppressed people. Forthright, sardonic, and shocking, this book is not only illuminating and dynamic but also a vitally important document that is essential to understanding the upheavals of the late 1960s. University of Massachusetts professor Ekwueme Michael Thelwell has updated this edition, covering Browns decades of harassment by law enforcement agencies, his extraordinary transformation into an important Muslim leader, and his sensational trial.… (more)

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