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The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America

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This collection of conversations between celebrity intellectual Marc Lamont Hill and famed political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal is a shining example of African American men speaking for themselves about the many forces impacting their lives. Covering topics such as race, politics, hip-hop culture,

education, mass incarceration, and love, their discussions shine a spotlight on
Paperback, 180 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Third World Press
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This is like sitting with Mumia and having a conversation about various issues concerning Black life in America. The book flows very easily and is a fast read. Mumia is well known and thoroughly conversant with today's issues despite being on death row for over 20 years. The dialogue he is having with Professor Marc Hill is an important one, and we get a glimpse of each persons intellect and bits of their personal lives. They are mostly in agreement on the various subjects but there are areas of ...more
This intense, passionate collection of conversations examining black societal issues between Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and Mumia Abu-Jamal provides brilliant insight for a better tomorrow. Both Dr. Hill and Abu-Jamal poignantly articulate on issues such as: black cultural politics, leadership, education, incarceration and many other pressing questions that have gone unanswered.

What astounded me the most about this book is how "in tune" Mumia Abu-Jamal is with society. As an award winning author, jou
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I enjoyed this book so much that I read it twice. The dialog between Abu-Jamal, an imprisoned political activist, and Lamont Hill, a Columbia professor, are written in a causal, conversational style that makes for an engaging read. Though this stylistic choice is that of a back-and-forth dialog, this does not take away from the brilliant and profound observations of these educators. Must-read for those concerned with race, privilege, education, and incarceration.
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very enlightening conversations. I found enjoyment and learned a great deal from this book. Also, love the book lists at the end of each chapter. Has offered me a lot of future reading possibilities.
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One of the most remarkable books I've ever read. You can feel the love and energy that Mumia and Mark have for each other vibrating on the page. The book is incredibly accessible and is a clear tipping point for larger conversations and investigations. It is brilliant, beautiful, and deep.
I found this book to be thoroughly engaging. Although it seems to be an easy read, I often found myself lost in thought loops, which was both enjoyable and made the read a bit longer than expected. I loved the format of the book, which added to the human nature of the subject at hand.
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