Blue Rage, Black Redemption

A Memoir
 
 
Touchstone Books (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 13. November 2007
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  • 416 Seiten
 
E-Book
978-1-4165-5430-1 (ISBN)
 

When his L.A. neighborhood was threatened by gangbangers, Stanley Tookie Williams and a friend formed the Crips, but what began as protection became worse than the original gangs. From deadly street fights with their rivals to drive-by shootings and stealing cars, the Crips' influence -- and Tookie's reputation -- began to spread across L.A. Soon he was regularly under police surveillance, and, as a result, was arrested often, though always released because the charges did not stick. But in 1981, Tookie was convicted of murdering four people and was sent to death row at San Quentin in Marin County, California.

Tookie maintained his innocence and began to work in earnest to prevent others from following his path. Whether he was creating nationwide peace protocols, discouraging adolescents from joining gangs, or writing books, Tookie worked tirelessly for the rest of his life to end gang violence. Even after his death, his legacy continues, supported by such individuals as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Snoop Dogg, Jesse Jackson, and many more.

This posthumous edition of Blue Rage, Black Redemption features a foreword by Tavis Smiley and an epilogue by Barbara Becnel, which details not only the influence of Tookie's activism but also her eyewitness account of his December 2005 execution, and the inquest that followed.

By turns frightening and enlightening, Blue Rage, Black Redemption is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and an invaluable lesson in how rage can be turned into redemption.

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Stanley Tookie Williams with a foreword by Tavis Smiley and an epilogue by Barbara Becnel
  • Cover
  • What People Are Saying About Tookie's Work
  • Also by Stanley Tookie Williams
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Epigraph
  • Contents
  • Foreword by Tavis Smiley
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: BLUE RAGE
  • 1 Born in the Bayou
  • 2 South Central
  • 3 Sibling Feud
  • 4 Hallelujah, Hallelujah
  • 5 The Art of Dys-education
  • 6 Voodoo Medicine
  • 7 Stepfamily
  • 8 Adolescent Blues
  • 9 Point of No Return
  • 10 The Institutional Shuffle
  • 11 Seeds of a Gang
  • 12 Crip Walk
  • 13 The Criplettes
  • 14 Tookie's Law
  • 15 Boys Republic to Factor Brookins
  • 16 Mr. Buddha! Mr. Buddha!
  • 17 Compton Ambassador
  • 18 Straddling the Fence
  • 19 Invincibility Shot Down
  • 20 The Big Comeback
  • 21 The Old Stomping Ground
  • 22 Float On, Float On, Float On
  • 23 Schemes and Things
  • 24 Living the Funk
  • 25 The Longest Day
  • 26 Rage of Another Kind
  • Part 2: BLACK REDEMPTION
  • 27 The Missing Years
  • 28 Inside the Beast
  • 29 Things Happen
  • 30 Change Will Come
  • 31 Trials, Tribulations
  • 32 Let There Be Light
  • 33 Human Angel
  • 34 Moto Ndani (The Fire Within)
  • 35 Redemption.Step Forward
  • 36 A Woman Called Mother Africa
  • 37 Black Phoenix Rising
  • 38 Sons of the Father
  • Afterthoughts
  • Epilogue by Barbara Becnel
  • Special Acknowledgments
  • The Tookie Protocol for Peace: A Local Street Peace Initiative
  • Photographic Insert
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