Special Panel Event - Racism in America: Police Brutality and the Movement for Change

Wednesday, June 10th • 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

Racism in America: Police Brutality & the Movement for Change

with Dani McClain, Brian Copeland & Aya de Leon

A Panel Discussion Moderated by Paula Farmer

Held in support of National Bail Out, a Black-led and Black-centered organization that works to end the horrific policy of pretrial detention and cash bail that keeps so many people of color in jails and prisons without a conviction, solely for their inability to pay. 


Brian Copeland is an award-winning actor, comedian, author, playwright, television and radio talk show host based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2004, he debuted his first one-man play, Not a Genuine Black Man at the Marsh in San Francisco. Copeland published a best-selling book based on Genuine that is now required reading in several high schools and colleges across the country.

Aya de Leon is an author and activist based in Berkeley. She directs the Poetry for the People program, teaching creative writing at UC Berkeley. In addition to being the author of an award-winning feminist heist/romance book series, her writings have appeared in Ebony, Essence, Writers Digest, Huffington Post, and The Root, to name a few. Since 2013, she has been blogging on race, class, gender, culture, and social justice politics.

Dani McClain reports on race and reproductive health. She is a contributing writer at The Nation and a fellow with Type Media Center. McClain's writing has appeared in outlets including The New York Times, TIME, The Atlantic, Slate, Colorlines, and The Rumpus. In 2018, she received a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. McClain has worked as a strategist with organizations including Color of Change and Drug Policy Alliance. McClain’s book, We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood, was published April 2019 by Bold Type Books.

Moderated by Paula Farmer - In addition to being an event host/Moderator for Book Passage, she also curates special panel events focusing on discussions about topical social issues, like “Race in America” and “Immigration in America.” She is Chairwoman of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for California Independent Booksellers Association (CALIBA). Her background is in journalism.

Books recommended by the panelists:


Below, please find links to purchase all of the books recommended by the panelists, as well as a selection of their own books.

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color Cover Image
By Andrea Ritchie, Angela Y. Davis (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780807088982
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Published: Beacon Press - August 1st, 2017

“A passionate, incisive critique of the many ways in which women and girls of color are systematically erased or marginalized in discussions of police violence.” —Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608465620
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Published: Haymarket Books - February 23rd, 2016

Winner of the 2016 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize for an Especially Notable Book

"Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's searching examination of the social, political and economic dimensions of the prevailing racial order offers important context for understanding the necessity of the emerging movement for black liberation."
--Michelle Alexander

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807047415
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Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781568588544
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Published: Bold Type Books - April 2nd, 2019

A warm, wise, and urgent guide to parenting in uncertain times, from a longtime reporter on race, reproductive health, and politics

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education Cover Image
ISBN: 9781568589770
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Published: Bold Type Books - October 3rd, 2017

An unflinching account of what it means to be a young black man in America today, and how the existing script for black manhood is being rewritten in one of the most fascinating periods of American history.

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590573
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Published: One World - October 30th, 2018

In this “urgently relevant”* collection featuring the landmark essay “The Case for Reparations,” the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me “reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath”*—including the election of Donald Trump.

Real American: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250296733
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 21st, 2018

A fearless debut memoir in which beloved and bestselling How to Raise an Adult author Julie Lythcott-Haims pulls no punches in her recollections of growing up a black woman in America

“Courageous, achingly honest."

—Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Not A Genuine Black Man Cover Image
ISBN: 9781518808289
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 30th, 2015

A Spy in the Struggle: A Riveting Must-Read Novel of Suspense Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496728593
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Published: Dafina - December 29th, 2020

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An Amazon Best of the Month Selection
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Novel Suspects Featured December New Release