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We Speak For Ourselves: A Word From Forgotten Black America

The Freddie Gray protests in 2015.

  On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with best-selling author and Salon's Editor-At-Large D. Watkins about his new bookWe Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America.

Watkins writes about the experiences of poor Black Americans typically sidelined by the public and the media—including his own life story. He says in order for the lives of Black people living in poor communities to improve, they need to be heard.

He writes, "Of all the Black narratives stacked on bookshelves, we have a problem. People from the streets are absent from them."


D. Watkins, Editor-At-Large for Salon, professor at the University of Baltimore, founder of the BMORE Writers Project, and author of several books including We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America

Web Resources:

HuffPost, D. Watkins: Only A Mile And A Big World Separated Us

Salon, D. Watkins: Why I'm sick of "woke" culture