Mumia Abu-Jamal's essential perspectives on black experience, race relations, freedom, justice, social change, and the future of American society.
"Abu-Jamal [has an] ever-lucid voice and humanistic point of view...eloquent and indelible."—Booklist (starred review)
From the first slave writings to contemporary hip hop, the canon of African American literature offers a powerful counter-narrative to dominant notions of American culture, history and politics. Resonant with voices of prophecy and resistance, the African American literary tradition runs deep with emancipatory currents that have had an indelible impact on the United States and the world. Mumia Abu-Jamal has been one of our most important contributors to this canon for decades, writing from the confines of the U.S. prison system to give voice to those most silenced by chronic racism, impoverishment and injustice.
Writing on the Wall is a selection of 100 previously unpublished essays that crystalize Mumia Abu-Jamal's essential perspectives on community, politics, power, social change and U.S. history. From discussions of Rosa Parks and Trayvon Martin, to John Walker Lindh and Edward Snowden, Abu-Jamal articulates lucid, humorous and often prescient insight into the past, present and future of American politics and society. Written as radio commentaries from his prison cell in Death Row, where he was held in solitary confinement for close to 30 years, Mumia's revolutionary perspective brims with hope, encouragement and profound faith in the possibility of social change and redemption.
"Greatness meets us in this book, and not just in Mumia's personal courage and character. It's in the writing. This is art with political power, challenging institutional injustice in the U.S. while catalyzing our understanding, memory and solidarities for liberation and love. Writing on the Wall can set the nation aflame—yes, for creating new possible worlds."—Mark Lewis Taylor, Princeton Theological Seminary
Mumia Abu-Jamal is an award-winning journalist and author of two best-selling books, Live From Death Row and Death Blossoms.
Johanna Fernández is a Fulbright Scholar and Professor of History at Baruch College in New York City.
Cornel West is a scholar, philosopher, activist and author of over a dozen books including his bestseller, Race Matters. He appears frequently in the media, and has appeared on the Bill Maher Show, The Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span as well as on Tavis Smiley's PBS TV Show.