Making Black Lives Matter

Confronting Anti-Black Racism (First Edition)
Kevin Cokley, Editor
©2022, 338 pages

Paperback list price: $ 14.95

Learn about all formats available for adoption

Bookstore Managers: contact to place an order

Customize Making Black Lives Matter

* Required Fields

Your Customization
Making Black Lives Matter

In stock


    Download your free digital copy of Making Black Lives Matter: Confronting Anti-Black Racism!

    2021 Graphic Design USA Recipient2022 Most Promising New Textbook Award RecipientAt the heart of racist attitudes and behaviors is anti-Black racism, which simply put, is the disregard and disdain of Black life. Anti-Black racism negatively impacts every aspect of the lives of Black people.

    Edited by renowned scholar and psychologist Kevin Cokley, Making Black Lives Matter: Confronting Anti-Black Racism explores the history and contemporary circumstances of anti-Black racism, offers powerful personal anecdotes, and provides recommendations and solutions to challenging anti-Black racism in its various expressions.

    The book features chapters written by scholars, practitioners, activists, and students. The chapters reflect diverse perspectives from the Black community and writing styles that range from scholarly text supported by cited research to personal narratives that highlight the lived experiences of the contributors. The book focuses on the ways that anti-Black racism manifests and has been confronted across various domains of Black life using research, activism, social media, and therapy.

    In the words of Cokley: “It is my hope that the book will provide a blueprint for readers that will empower them to actively confront anti-Blackness wherever it exists, because this is the only way we will progress toward making Black lives matter.”

    Making Black Lives Matter is the recipient of a 2022 Most Promising New Textbook Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association. Read the press release to learn more.

    Making Black Lives Matter is a book that is meant to be shared! The goal for Cognella for publishing this book is to amplify the voices of those who need to be heard and to provide readers free access to critical scholarship on topics that affect our everyday lives. We’re proud to provide free digital copies of the book to anyone who wants to read it. So, we encourage you to spread the word and share the book with everyone you know.

    If you'd like a print copy of Making Black Lives Matter, you can purchase one at cost via Amazon or Pricing is set by the distributors, though it is intended to only cover printing and shipping costs. If Cognella receives any proceeds from the sale of print copies, the full amount will be donated to a nonprofit organization benefitting the Black community, to be determined by editor Kevin Cokley.

    Learn more about Making Black Lives Matter: Confronting Anti-Black Racism!

    If you post about the book on social media, please use the hashtags #MakingBlackLivesMatter and #Cognella to join the conversation!

    Chapters and contributors include:

    Introduction – Kevin Cokley, Ph.D.

    Part I – Activism

    Chapter 1: “Historical Overview of the Black Struggle: Factors Affecting African American Activism” – Benson G. Cooke, Edwin J. Nichols, Schuyler C. Webb, Steven J. Jones, and Nia N. Williams

    Chapter 2: “Facilitating Black Survival and Wellness through Scholar-Activism” – Della V. Mosley, Pearis Bellamy, Garrett Ross, Jeannette Mejia, LaNya Lee, Carla Prieto, and Sunshine Adam

    Chapter 3: “Confronting Anti-Black Racism and Promoting Social Justice: Applications through Social Media” – Erlanger A. Turner, Maryam Jernigan-Noesi, and Isha Metzger

    Chapter 4: “#Say Her Name: The Impact of Gendered Racism and Misogynoir on the Lives of Black Women” – Jioni A. Lewis

    Part II – Public Policy

    Chapter 5: “A Tale of Three Cities: Segregation and Anti-Black Education Policy in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Austin” – Annika Olson

    Chapter 6: “Policing the Black Diaspora: Colonial Histories and Global Inequities in Policing and Carceral Punishment” – Ricardo Henrique Lowe, Jr.

    Chapter 7: “Building Health Equity among Black Young People with Lived Experience of Homelessness” – Norweeta G. Milburn and Dawn T. Bounds

    Chapter 8: “Anti-Blackness and Housing Inequality in the United States: A History of Housing Discrimination in Major Metropolitan Cities” – Tracie A. Lowe

    Part III – Community Voices

    Chapter 9: “Values-Driven, Community-Led Justice in Austin: A Project” – Sukyi McMahon and Chas Moore

    Chapter 10: “Leveraging the Power of Education to Confront Anti-Black Racism” – David W. Nowlin, Robert Muhammad, and Llyas Salahud-din

    Chapter 11: “Let the Òrìṣà Speak: Traditional Healing for Contemporary Times” – Ifetayo I. Ojelade

    Chapter 12: “The Victorious Mind: Addressing the Black Male in a Time of Turmoil” – Rico Mosby

    Part IV – Student Voices

    Chapter 13: “Unsung, Underpaid, and Unafraid: Black Graduate Students' Response To Academic and Social Anti-Blackness” – Marlon Bailey, Shaina Hall, Carly Coleman, and Nolan Krueger

    Chapter 14: “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black” – Marlie Harris, Mercedes Holmes, Kuukuwa Koomson, and Brianna McBride

    Chapter 15: “From Segregation and Disinclusion: The Anti-Black Experience of Graduate School” – Keoshia Harris and TaShara Williams

    Read the press release to learn more about Making Black Lives Matter: Confronting Anti-Black Racism.

    Kevin Cokley is a distinguished teaching professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Educational Psychology and the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professorship for Educational Research and Development. He is the director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis. Dr. Cokley holds the title Distinguished Psychologist from the Association of Black Psychologists and is the past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Black Psychology. His research focuses on African American psychology with a focus on racial identity development, academic achievement, and the impostor phenomenon. He holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Georgia State University and M.Ed. in counselor education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
    "Making Black Lives Matter is a compelling and outstanding study of race and racism in America. The book is one of the first to provide a space for multiple voices on this timely subject. This text is timely, thorough, concise, and provides an exigent explanation of U.S. society in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and is an immensely important contemporary topic for students and everyone living in our racist culture."
    2022 Textbook & Academic Authors Association Award Judging Panel

    "Dr. Cokley has done a tremendous job with this book. It is comprehensive in its scope, relevant to a broad range of communities and contexts, and addresses areas that are too often neglected all together, or minimally discussed. What I appreciate most about this book is that it is a like a one-stop shop that pulls together the multitude of lived experiences of Black communities in the United States. [...] I was particularly pleased to see the expansion of the perspectives included in this book, including the inclusion of community members and students. Too often books such as this one only include academic, scholarly, work and perspectives, which can be limited and inaccessible. This book contains rich information that is accessible and relatable to a wide-range of audiences. [...] I appreciated the diversity of voices and content in the book, which does a nice job of finding a rhythm between the challenges, while also lifting the voices and ancestral wisdoms of resilience, creativity, and thriving in spite of living in historical and currently in systems of oppression. The Black community has led the way for many other BIPOC communities in terms of our understanding our own sources of oppression, resilience, and creativity and this book captures those tenets well."
    Miguel Gallardo, Professor of Psychology, Program Director of Aliento, Pepperdine University
    Director of Research and Evaluation, Multiethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies

    "I greatly appreciate the premise of this book—to make available at this historical moment—a comprehensive text with multiple perspectives on anti-Black racism. I especially appreciate scholarship that covers such a complex topic from many different angles, including the history of racial trauma and inequities (e.g., enslavement, segregation, brutality, incarceration) and the persistent activism and critical analysis that characterizes African American communities and their allies. As I work on my own writing projects, I find myself consulting and citing the chapters in this text for their inclusion of so many intersectional insights and informative content about 'making Black lives matter and confronting anti-black racism.' Thank you for sharing this text with everyone!"
    Katherine R. Allen, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Human Development and Family Studies, Virginia Tech
    Editor Elect: Journal of Family Theory & Review
    Making Black Lives Matter is the recipient of a 2022 Most Promising New Textbook Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association. Read the press release to learn more.

    Making Black Lives Matter: Confronting Anti-Black Racism

    Making Black Lives Matter: Confronting Anti-Black Racism is the recipient of a 2021 Graphic Design USA American Inhouse Design Award. Learn more about the honor in the Cognella press release.

    Read the press release to learn more about Making Black Lives Matter: Confronting Anti-Black Racism.