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"The Classroom and The Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America"


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The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America by Mumia Abu-Jamal and Marc Lamont Hill

Praise for The Classroom and The Cell

This poignant volume gives voice to what is rarely heard: African American men speaking for themselves, without barriers or filters, about the many forces impacting their lives. From their discussions about love to those about the state of emergency our educational system is in, Mar Lamont Hill and Mumia Abu-Jamal offer us an important gift of insight and analysis and we must treasure it.

-Susaan L. Taylor

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Essence Magazine

Founder, National CARES Mentoring Movement

This book is extraordinary. It's a glass of cool water for all those who, like me, often feel stranded in the barren desert of contemporary political discourse. Marc and Mumia's brilliance, candor, openness, humor, and insight will rejuvenate and nourish you- while also challenging you to think more deeply, more honestly and more courageously about our individual experience and our collective struggle for genuine liberation.

- Michelle Alexander

Civil rights lawyer, legal scholar, and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Mumia Abu-Jamal and Marc Lamont Hill have consistently challenged and inspired me. Now, with this book of conversations, the entire world can see their brilliance, courage and deep love for Black people. This book will change your life!

-Talib Kweli

Hiphop artist and activist

The Classroom and the Cell allows us to see how we are captured in the daily grind of our lives and how, while even on death row, brilliance breaks through and takes us to school. Complex, provocative, and deeply moving, Mumia Abu-Jamal and Marc Lamont Hill exemplify the power of loving, democratic conversation in the service of fundamental change.

-Dr, Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Chair, African American Studies Department, Princeton University

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