Better, not bitter : living on purpose in the pursuit of racial justice

Title Better, not bitter : living on purpose in the pursuit of racial justice
Names Salaam, Yusef.
Book Number DB112359
Title Status Active
Medium Digital Books
Annotation "They didn't know who they had. So begins Yusef Salaam telling his story. No one's life is the sum of the worst things that happened to them, and during Yusef Salaam's seven years of wrongful incarceration as one of the Central Park Five, he grew from child to man, and gained a spiritual perspective on life. Yusef learned that we're all "born on purpose, with a purpose." Despite having confronted the racist heart of America while being "run over by the spiked wheels of injustice," Yusef channeled his energy and pain into something positive, not just for himself but for other marginalized people and communities. Better Not Bitter is the first time that one of the now Exonerated Five is telling his individual story, in his own words. Yusef writes his narrative: growing up Black in central Harlem in the '80s, being raised by a strong, fierce mother and grandmother, his years of incarceration, his reentry, and exoneration. Yusef connects these stories to lessons and principles he learned that gave him the power to survive through the worst of life's experiences. He inspires readers to accept their own path, to understand their own sense of purpose. With his intimate personal insights, Yusef unpacks the systems built and designed for profit and the oppression of Black and Brown people. He inspires readers to channel their fury into action, and through the spiritual, to turn that anger and trauma into a constructive force that lives alongside accountability and mobilizes change. This memoir is an inspiring story that grew out of one of the gravest miscarriages of justice, one that not only speaks to a moment in time or the rage-filled present, but reflects a 400-year history of a nation's inability to be held accountable for its sins. Yusef Salaam's message is vital for our times, a motivating resource for enacting change. Better, Not Bitter has the power to soothe, inspire and transform. It is a galvanizing call to action." -- Provided by publisher. -- Unrated. Commercial audiobook.
General Notes This recording is available courtesy of Hachette Audio. It has been converted to digital talking book format by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress.
Narrator Salaam, Yusef.
Length 7 hours, 29 minutes
Local Subject Biography - BI
Legal issues - SO9
LC Subject Discrimination in criminal justice administration - New York (State) - New York
False imprisonment - New York (State) - New York
Judicial error - New York (State) - New York
Prisoners - New York (State) - New York - Biography
Audience Notes A NLS/BPD
Unrated. NLS/BPD
Call Number 365.6092 B ANF
Language English
Contents Introduction: Born on purpose, with a purpose -- The escape -- Master Yusef Salaam -- Before -- 95A1113 -- Elevate and decide in the air -- Love and war -- SALAAM BALONEY! -- The safest man you could ever meet -- The expendability of a people -- A mother's love -- Ignorance as a trillion-dollar industry -- Become an alchemist.
Released 2021
Publication Info Washington, D.C. : Hachette Audio 2021
Original Publication Reissue of: New York, NY : Hachette Audio, 2021. 9781549163548
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