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“A masterful book...reaffirms the urgency of the current state of Black people in America and the power we all have to win transformative change.” (Marc Lamont Hill, New York Times best-selling author)

“Gives us the words and tools to fight for the justice our families deserve.” (Tamika Palmer, mother of Breonna Taylor)

“A powerful voice in consistently reminding us that we all have a stake in the fight for a just, fair, and equitable America.” (Jada Pinkett Smith, actor, producer, entrepreneur)

Social justice leader Tamika D. Mallory states her case for action in this searing indictment of America’s historical, deadly, and continuing assault on Black and brown lives.

Drawn from a lifetime of frontline culture-shifting advocacy, organizing, and fighting for equal justice, State of Emergency makes Mallory’s demand for change and shares the keys to effective activism both for those new to and long-committed to the defense of Black lives. 

From Minneapolis to Louisville, to Portland, Kenosha, and Washington, DC, America’s reckoning with its unmet promises on race and class is at a boiling point not seen since the 1960s. While conversations around pathways to progress take place on social media and cable TV, history tells us that meaningful change only comes with radical legislation and boots-on-the-ground activism. Here, Mallory shares her unique personal experience building coalitions, speaking truth to power, and winning over hearts and minds in the struggle for shared prosperity and safety.

Forward-looking, steeped in history, and rich with stories from life on the margins of American life, State of Emergency is a revelatory examination of the challenges we face, of the forces we must overcome, and a blueprint for all who maintain hope for social equity and a better tomorrow.

©2021 Tamika Mallory. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Instant Classic

This book is up there with Malcolm X’s biography, another book that has changed my life for the better!

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She hit in all key notes

if you know nothing about what's going on in America today this book will sum it up for you👍🏾👍🏾 awesome and powerful read

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Really insightful read

Tamika Mallory unpacks a lot in this book, and I am glad I was privy to every detail. This book is a necessary read for 2021. So we can all be prepared to activate in an effective way.

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Powerfully black

This will inspire you to progress the fight for civil right for all but especially black people!!

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Excellent!

Loved the outpouring of thought, heart, and guidance as our next steps for what we need to do. The author let it be known that we are responsible for the future we want to see.

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A Must read for everyone!

I loved it and couldn't put it down. It was engaging, enlightening and inspirational. Listening to the book in Tamika's own voice was a bonus. Buy the book for yourself and another as a gift.

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Just a book preaching black victimhood... same ole same ole.. Not a good read at all

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Good read

I love her passion. She made me smile and cry. I learned a lot and her book is real and inspiring.

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Very Inspiring and Motivating!!!

This book was so inspiring!! It opened my eyes up to world around me!! I shall continue to do my part!!!

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#FACTS!

I couldn't pull myself away! This book comes at you with knowledge, passion, sincerity, and heartfelt pain. I was drawn in by little known facts about our culture, yet surprised at the lack of ANGER in the negative sense of the word. Some justified anger was expressed; however, solutions always followed! Definitely one of my faves!