Book Conversation on May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem

The twin acts of singing and fighting for freedom have been inseparable in African American history. May We Forever Stand tells an essential part of that story. With lyrics penned by James Weldon Johnson and music composed by his brother Rosamond, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was embraced almost immediately as an anthem that captured the story and the aspirations of black Americans. Since the song’s creation, it has been adopted by the NAACP and performed by countless artists in times of both crisis and celebration, cementing its place in African American life up through the present day.

In this rich, poignant, and readable work, Imani Perry tells the story of the Black National Anthem as it traveled from South to North, from civil rights to black power, and from countless family reunions to Carnegie Hall and the Oval Office. Drawing on a wide array of sources, Perry uses “Lift Every Voice and Sing” as a window on the powerful ways African Americans have used music and culture to organize, mourn, challenge, and celebrate for more than a century.



The New Book, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

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The eruption of mass protests in the wake of the police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City have challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against Black people and punctured the illusion of a postracial America. The Black Lives Matter movement has awakened a new generation of activists.

In this stirring and insightful analysis, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and Black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation.

Conversations about Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul

A polemic on the state of race in America and what we can do to change it

Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 4.19.35 PMAmerica’s great promise of equality has always rung hollow in the ears of African Americans. But today the situation has grown even more dire. From the murders of black youth by the police, to the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act, to the disaster visited upon poor and middle-class black families by the Great Recession, it is clear that black America faces an emergency—at the very moment the election of the first black president has prompted many to believe we’ve solved America’s race problem.

Democracy in Black is Eddie S. Glaude Jr.’s impassioned response. Part manifesto, part history, part memoir, it argues that we live in a country founded on a “value gap”—with white lives valued more than others—that still distorts our politics today. Whether discussing why all Americans have racial habits that reinforce inequality, why black politics based on the civil-rights era have reached a dead end, or why only remaking democracy from the ground up can bring real change, Glaude crystallizes the untenable position of black America–and offers thoughts on a better way forward. Forceful in ideas and unsettling in its candor, Democracy In Black is a landmark book on race in America, one that promises to spark wide discussion as we move toward the end of our first black presidency.



How American democracy sustains racial inequality by Pamela Newkirk for the Washington Post

‘Democracy in Black’ is a bracing call for action for African Americans by Kiese Laymon for the LA Times


Chapter One | The Great Black Depression


Eddie S. Glaude Jr: Where Hope Resides conversation with Hank Stephenson for Shelf Awareness

Democracy in Black Book Discussion at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington DC

Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul conversation with Sam Sedar for The Majority Report

‘I wanted him to be more bold’ discussion of black liberals on MSNBC Morning Joe

“Democracy in Black”: A Conversation about Race in America for by Elias Isquith

Democracy in Black on Beaks and Geeks with Joe Muscolino

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. in conversation with Paul Samuel Dolman

Democracy in Black on the Jordan Journal conversation with Howard Jordan for the Pacifica Foundation

Eddie Glaude: “Democracy in Black” a conversation with Derek McGinty for the Diane Rehm Show

What I Think: Eddie Glaude Jr. conversation with Jamie Saxon for Princeton University website

Faculty Book: Eddie S. Glaude Jr. *97 interview for Princeton Alumni Weekly

Understanding the Enduring Legacy of Racism in this Country a conversation on the Leonard Lopate Show

Democracy in Black on Beats and Geeks