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Blue Rage, Black Redemption

A Memoir
Williams, Stanley Tookie (Book - 2007)
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A gripping tale of personal revolution by a man who went from Crips co-founder to Nobel Peace Prize nominee, author, and antigang activist 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.
Authors: Williams, Stanley Tookie, 1953-2005
Title: Blue rage, black redemption
a memoir
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster ; [Pleasant Hill, CA] : Published in conjunction with Damamli Pub., c2007
Edition: 1st Touchstone trade pbk. ed., posthumous ed.
Characteristics: xx, 384 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Stanley Tookie Williams
Notes: "A Touchstone book."
"This posthumous edition ... features a foreword by Tavis Smiley and an epilogue by Barbara Becnel"--P. [4] of cover
Contents: Born in the bayou
South Central
Sibling feud
Hallelujah, hallelujah
The art of Dys-education
Voodoo medicine
Adolescent blues
Point of no return
The institutional shuffle
Seeds of a gang
Crip walk
The Criplettes
Tookie's law
Boys Republic to Factor Brookins
Mr. Buddha! Mr. Buddha!
Compton ambassador
Straddling the fence
Invincibility shot down
The big comeback
The old stomping ground
Float on, float on, float on
Schemes and things
Living the funk
The longest day
Rage of another kind
The missing years
Inside the beast
Things happen
Change will come
Trials, tribulations
Let there be light
Human angel
Moto ndani (the fire within)
step forward
A woman called Mother Africa
Black phoenix rising
Sons of the father
ISBN: 1416544496
Branch Call Number: B-Wi6756b 2007
Subject Headings: Gang members California Los Angeles Biography Crips (Gang) Biography Williams, Stanley Tookie, 1953-2005
Topical Term: Gang members
Crips (Gang)
LCCN: 2007011583
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