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There’s no keener mind, no sharper eye, focused on the condition of black politics. Gray’s take is radical, so his focus is always ample and humane. In these passionate pages, he takes his readers into areas of darkness—South Carolina’s heritage of slavery, for example—and into the vibrancy and heat of James Brown and Richard Pryor. Gray’s intellectual footwork is as sure as Muhammad Ali’s in his prime, and the KO is as deadly. No one should venture a yard into the rough terrain of black politics and culture in America today without reading Gray’s Waiting for Lightning to Strike.”
About Kevin Alexander
Gray is author of Waiting for Lightning to Strike: The Fundamentals of Black Politics (AK Press) & the anticipated ~ The Decline of Black Politics - From Malcolm X to Barack Obama (Verso). Gray & his younger sister Valerie were among the first...