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Panther Baby by Jamal Joseph
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Mar 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, first-reads, read-in-2012
Read in June, 2012

I received this book for free in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway

Jamal Joseph's life has been a struggle, from beginning in broken home to joining the Black Panthers at an astoundingly young age, to multiple stints in prison, to becoming a leader in the New York arts community. His memoir at an efficient, but effective, 287 pages begins a bit slowly but rises throughout to a rousing conclusion.

Through this autobiography, readers unfamiliarwith or misinformed about the history of the Black Panthers will gain a broader perspective of the movement's motivations and goals. Furthermore the reader is exposed to the story of a young boy who grew up in truly remarkable circumstances.

Well worth reading for students of the civil rights movement or of progressive causes and youth advocacy in general.

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Reading Progress

05/21/2012 page 47
17.0% "going to his first Black Panther Party meeting"
05/24/2012 page 83
30.0% "In Riker's Island for trumped up charges"
05/29/2012 page 131
47.0% "The memoirist's first time"
06/04/2012 page 171
61.0% "drops acid for the first time"
06/05/2012 page 252
90.0% "Really coming together at the end."

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