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  • Published: 5 October 2022
  • ISBN: 9780807007037
  • Imprint: Beacon Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $40.00
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Freedom Dreams (TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)

The Black Radical Imagination



The 20th-anniversary edition of Kelley’s influential history of 20th-century Black radicalism, with new reflections on current movements and their impact on the author, and a foreword by poet Aja Monet

First published in 2002, Freedom Dreams is a staple in the study of the Black radical tradition. Unearthing the thrilling history of grassroots movements and renegade intellectuals and artists, Kelley recovers the dreams of the future worlds Black radicals struggled to achieve.

Focusing on the insights of activists, from the Revolutionary Action Movement to the insurgent poetics of Aimé and Suzanne Césaire, Kelley chronicles the quest for a homeland, the hope that communism offered, the politics of surrealism, the transformative potential of Black feminism, and the long dream of reparations for slavery and Jim Crow.

In this edition, Kelley includes a new introduction reflecting on how movements of the past 20 years have expanded his own vision of freedom to include mutual care, disability justice, abolition, and decolonization, and a new epilogue exploring the visionary organizing of today’s freedom dreamers.

This classic history of the power of the Black radical imagination is as timely as when it was first published.

  • Published: 5 October 2022
  • ISBN: 9780807007037
  • Imprint: Beacon Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $40.00
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Praise for Freedom Dreams (TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)

“A bold and provocative celebration of the black radical imagination in the 20th century.” —Laura Ciolkowski, The New York Times Book Review “Based on Kelley’s belief that to make a better world we must first imagine it, this brilliantly conceived and written book recounts the accomplishments of black activists and thinkers over the past century who have been committed to remaking the world.” —Library Journal “Through this masterful book of black radical history and philosophy, I can look past the dreariness of our unfree world with the binoculars of the imaginary, learning from those female and male 20th century activists Kelley chronicled, who refused to let any oppressor stop their movement dreams of a free life, of a free world.” —Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped From the Beginning

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