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All You Have to Do

August 29

The cover of all you have to do features two different people. On the left, the image is in black and white and shows a young Black man in a suit with a pencil on his ear in Washington D.C. There is a protest sign that says No Jim Crow. The other side is in color and has a young Black man in a black ball cap with a white x on it. He is wearing headphones and is in front of a red and white building that has a clock tower behind it.All You Have to Do by Autumn Allen

In ALL YOU HAVE TO DO, two Black young men attend prestigious schools nearly thirty years apart, and yet both navigate similar forms of insidious racism.

In April 1968, in the wake of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, Kevin joins a protest that shuts down his Ivy League campus…

In September 1995, amidst controversy over the Million Man March, Gibran challenges the “See No Color” hypocrisy of his prestigious New England prep school…

As the two students, whose lives overlap in powerful ways, risk losing the opportunities their parents worked hard to provide, they move closer to discovering who they want to be instead of accepting as fact who society and family tell them they are. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads


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