By Stanley Tookie Williams
A gripping story of non-public revolution via a guy who went from Crips co-founder to Nobel Peace Prize nominee, writer, and antigang activist
whilst his L.A. local used to be threatened via gangbangers, Stanley Tookie Williams and a pal shaped the Crips, yet what all started as safety turned worse than the unique gangs. From lethal road fights with their opponents to drive-by shootings and stealing automobiles, the Crips' impact -- and Tookie's popularity -- started to unfold throughout L.A. quickly he was once on a regular basis lower than police surveillance, and, for this reason, was once arrested usually, although regularly published as the fees didn't stick. yet in 1981, Tookie used to be convicted of murdering 4 humans and was once despatched to dying row at San Quentin in Marin County, California.
Tookie maintained his innocence and commenced to paintings in earnest to avoid others from following his course. even if he was once developing national peace protocols, discouraging young people from becoming a member of gangs, or writing books, Tookie labored tirelessly for the remainder of his lifestyles to finish gang violence. Even after his demise, his legacy maintains, supported through such contributors as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Snoop Dogg, Jesse Jackson, and plenty of extra.
This posthumous variation of Blue Rage, Black Redemption contains a foreword through Tavis Smiley and an epilogue through Barbara Becnel, which info not just the impression of Tookie's activism but additionally her eyewitness account of his December 2005 execution, and the inquest that undefined.
via turns scary and enlightening, Blue Rage, Black Redemption is a testomony to the power of the human spirit and a useful lesson in how rage might be become redemption.
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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 To poor people, prisoners, slaves, and the disenfranchised everywhere—through faith and theories put into practice, you can bend the most oppressive circumstances to your will, to make the impossible possible.
I can still picture myself sitting in an old wooden church pew, most of the time unreceptive and steaming with anger at being forced to be there. Occasionally, though, this house of worship was a place of wonder and excitement. I was mesmerized by the melodic voices of the choir and the rhythmic beat of the piano. When people were enraptured by the music, they would rock from side to side, clap and stomp their feet, scream, holler, or jump up and do a holy dance. The sweltering atmosphere was so charged with spiritual ecstasy that the ushers were kept busy trying to revive fainting women.
During the barbecue everyone took a paper plate overflowing with barbecued ribs, chicken, hot links, potato salad, and corn on the cob. These were the moments I really enjoyed. However, it seemed that all other activities were adult in nature and too serious. I wondered why I sat watching a preacher point his sanctimonious finger at everybody while spitting out his fiery sermon, looking down on his parishioners from his pulpit high above the congregation. Another time, we visited a different church for my baptism.
Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir by Stanley Tookie Williams