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Waiting for Lightning to Strike

The Fundamentals Of Black Politics

By Kevin Alexander Gray

The year that saw an African American run for the presidency—as a viable contender—for the first time in US history also witnessed a truly remarkable silence—one that was scarcely coincidental. In all the millions of words written about the political ascent of one black man, there was virtually nothing about the descent of black leadership into well-nigh total ineffectiveness. Barack Obama’s personal itinerary was mapped in the minutest detail. The larger itinerary of African Americans was mostly ignored.

Kevin Alexander Gray is a civil rights organizer in South Carolina. He is also a contributing editor to Black News, was a former president of the South Carolina ACLU, and was Jesse Jackson’s South Carolina campaign manager in 1988. There’s no keener mind, no sharper eye, focused on the condition of black politics. Gray’s take is radical, so his focus is always ample and humane. In these passionate pages, he takes his readers into areas of darkness—South Carolina’s heritage of slavery, for example—and into the vibrancy and heat of James Brown and Richard Pryor. Gray’s intellectual footwork is as sure as Muhammad Ali’s in his prime, and the KO is as deadly. No one should venture a yard into the rough terrain of black politics and culture in America today without reading Gray’s Waiting for Lightning to Strike.

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2008

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1904859917


Format: Book
Author: Gray, Kevin Alexander
Title: Waiting for lightning to strike : the fundamentals of black politics / Kevin Alexander Gray.
Publisher Date: Petrolia, Calif. : CounterPunch ; Oakland, Calif. : AK Press, 2008.
Subject: African Americans -- Politics and government United States -- Race relations -- Political aspects
Isbn: 1904859917 (alk. paper) 9781904859918 (alk. paper)
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Call Number: 320.5 Gra
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Format: Book
Author: Gray, Kevin Alexander
Title: Waiting for lightning to strike : the fundamentals of black politics / Kevin Alexander Gray.
Publisher, Date: Petrolia, Calif. : CounterPunch ; Oakland, Calif. : AK Press, 2008.
Description: xx, 261 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
Subjects: African Americans -- Politics and government
Subjects: United States -- Race relations -- Political aspects
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: The fundamentals of black politics -- Dixie 101 : South Carolina's heritage of slavery -- The intensification of racial solidarity in the 1990s in the guise of black nationalism -- The million man march : identity and race politics -- A call for a new anti-war movement -- Big Daddy and the plantation -- Soul brother? Bill Clinton and black America -- The legacy of Strom Thurmond -- The sun never sets : how did we become an outlaw nation? -- The packaging of Obama -- The black primary -- Race, class and art : hustle and flow -- Richard Pryor's mirror on America -- The soul will find a way -- Why does Barack Obama hate my family?
LCCN: 2008929305
ISBN: 1904859917 (alk. paper)
ISBN: 9781904859918 (alk. paper)
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Call Number: 320.5 Gra