Jacksonville Authors Win Multiple Book Awards with "Never Forget Who You Are" a Powerful Perspective into Systemic Racism
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Never Forget Who You Are is a no-nonsense, eye-opening conversation between a Baby Boomer and a Gen X'er about the systemic racism that has plagued America for over 400 years. Though their perspectives may differ at times, their journeys bring them to the same conclusions, as they highlight their experiences and truths about being Black in America before, during, and after the Civil Rights Movement. The bitter reality is that racism is still blatantly thriving in America, with perhaps the greatest setbacks to any kind of progress happening during the last four years. Never Forget Who You Are is a must-read for all races if we ever hope to crush this white-imposed sense of what America stands for.
As noted by the authors, "To be Black in America, and to not camouflage your blackness behind a veil of concession, is to perpetually resist the psychological contortion expected by a dominant White culture."
Overwhelming critical acclaim has been received, deeming Never Forget Who You Are an essential must-read for ALL races:
"[The authors] powerfully reveal America's vile racism and give us hope for a reimagined future through compelling life experiences, unsettling truths and historical context. This cross-generational conversation forces us to interrogate our nation and ourselves." –
Chevara Orrin, Founder, #whiteandwoke, Social Entrepreneur
"…a masterpiece full of perspective and timeless wisdom that spans generations and demographics. …reading this brilliant book would be an excellent first step towards higher ground." – Paul Samuel Dolman, Author & Host of The What Matters Most Podcast
"Reading their discussions will help us all understand the subject of racism more fully. It will also generate some anger, some grief, and a bit of laughter. More importantly, I think it can help all of us begin to have a true conversation about racism in this country." – Leon W. Russell, Chairman, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) National Board of Directors
"For readers who are steeped in racial knowledge, as well as those who think that we live in a post-racial America, this book contains a crucial message for these troubled times." – H. James Garrett, Ph.D., Author, Associate Professor University of Georgia
About the Authors
Rodney Lawrence Hurst, Sr. is a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, a civil rights activist, a Black historian, a cancer survivor, and the author of three award-winning books: It was never about a hot dog and a Coke®! A personal account of the 1960 sit-in demonstrations in Jacksonville, Florida and Ax Handle Saturday; Unless WE Tell It…It Never Gets Told! and now, Never Forget Who You Are: Conversations about Racism and Identity Development, co-authored with Dr. Rudy Jamison. Hurst speaks extensively on Black History, Civil Rights History, and Racism.
Dr. Rudy F. Jamison, Jr. currently works as faculty and Assistant Director of the Center for Urban Education and Policy in University of North Florida's College of Education and Human Services. Dr. Jamison's academic interests include: Black leadership development, community organizing, diversification of teacher education, culturally responsive teaching/leadership, career mobility, developmental relationships, self-monitoring, and nigrescence. Dr. Jamison is committed to advancing consciousness around equity, racism, and social justice in ways that assess, challenge, and support a more virtuous humanity.
Never Forget Who You Are: Conversations about Racism and Identity Development (ISBN 9780578174549, Canon Press Group, 2020) is available on online bookstores at Amazon.com (Kindle) and Apple.com (Apple books). To purchase hard cover books, and for more information visit https://www.canonpressgroup.com/