Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration
"When Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts wrote an essay on Black joy for the Washington Post, she had no idea just how deeply it would resonate, but the outpouring of responses affirmed her own lived experience: that Black joy is not just a weapon of resistance, it is a tool for resilience. With this book, Tracey aims to gift her community with a collection of lyrical essays about the way joy has evolved, even in the midst of trauma, in her own life. Detailing these instances of joy in the context of Black culture allows us to recognize the power of Black joy as a resource to draw upon, and to challenge the one-note narratives of Black life as solely comprised of trauma and hardship. Black Joy is a collection that will recharge readers. It is the kind of book that is passed between friends and offers both challenge and comfort at the end of a long day. It is an answer for the reader who needs confirmation that they are not alone and a brave place to quiet their mind and heal their soul"--Dust jacket flap.
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