The Black Lives Matter movement / Peggy J. Parks.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: This book explores the Black Lives Matter movement that was launched in 2013 to address civil rights issues against African American citizens, and its appeal for equality and fair treatment of black citizens by law enforcement and by society as a whole. It covers the divide between black citizens and the police, the formation of the movement, its detractors, law enforcement accountability, and improving policing and strengthening relationships.
    • Content Notes:
      The dangerous divide between Black citizens and police -- The formation of a movement -- The backlash -- Law enforcement accountability -- Improving policing, strengthening relationships.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 65-70) and index.
      Grades 9 to 12.
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Booklist Reviews 2017 October #2

This factual portrayal of the formation of the Black Lives Matter movement should have widespread appeal to youth interested in the topics of police brutality and its opposition. While incorporating numerous studies on police-related deaths against unarmed blacks, the book clarifies that Black Lives Matter is not anti-police, but rather anti–police violence. Readers will learn about new methods police are using to curb offenses, whether from technological advances or building trust in communities that have suffered from it in the past. Parks discusses why Black Lives Matter remains controversial even within some black communities, as well as why it has gained such traction. The book addresses the movement's organizational leadership and goals and why it is so important to communities affected by police brutality. Using recent news stories, anecdotal accounts, social media, and the Justice Department's investigative reports, this book, one of the first to be published on the topic, takes an impressively no-nonsense approach. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.