Ijeoma Oluo with Gabriel Teodros — 'Be a Revolution'

From Seattle activist and author of So You Want to Talk About Race, an eye-opening and galvanizing look at the current state of anti-racist activism across America.

Third Place Books proudly welcomes Ijeoma Oluo and her partner Gabriel Teodros for a discussion of Oluo's new book, Be a Revolution: How Everyday People Are Fighting Oppression and Changing the World—and How You Can, Too. Tickets are required in advance.

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About Be A Revolution. . .

From the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of So You Want to Talk About Race and Mediocre, an eye-opening and galvanizing look at the current state of anti-racist activism across America.

In the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want To Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo offered a vital guide for how to talk about important issues of race and racism in society. In Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America, she discussed the ways in which white male supremacy has had an impact on our systems, our culture, and our lives throughout American history. But now that we better understand these systems of oppression, the question is this: What can we do about them?

With Be A Revolution: How Everyday People are Fighting Oppression and Changing the World—and How You Can, Too, Oluo aims to show how people across America are working to create real positive change in our structures. Looking at many of our most powerful systems—like education, media, labor, health, housing, policing, and more—she highlights what people are doing to create change for intersectional racial equity. She also illustrates various ways in which the reader can find entryways into change in these same areas, or can bring some of this important work being done elsewhere to where they live.

This book aims to not only be educational, but to inspire action and change. Oluo wishes to take our conversations on race and racism out of a place of pure pain and trauma, and into a place of loving action. Be A Revolution is both an urgent chronicle of this important moment in history, as well as an inspiring and restorative call for action.

Praise for Ijeoma Oluo. . .

“She challenges us to imagine a different way—a new path that maximizes the potential of every person, that doesn’t waste the incredible talents and contributions of women and people of color.”
Seattle Times

“Oluo is one of our great voices.”
—Phoebe Robinson

“Oluo is asking us to evaluate the myths America tells itself about itself, see the violence within, be honest 
about the perpetrators and the victims, and then tell different stories. Truer ones.”
The Washington Post

“While so many people want to become ‘thought leaders,’ ‘bloggers,’ or even just ‘influential,’ Oluo is eons past that.”

Ijeoma Oluo is a writer, speaker, and internet yeller. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race and, most recently, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. Her work has been featured in the Guardian, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among many other publications. She was named to the 2021 Time 100 Next list and has twice been named to the Root 100. She received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award and the 2020 Harvard Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association. She lives in Seattle, Washington. Photo credit: Jovelle Tomayo 

Gabriel Teodros is a musician, writer and educator from South Seattle who first made a mark with the group Abyssinian Creole, and reached an international audience with his critically-acclaimed solo debut Lovework. He has released over 10 projects since and set stages on fire all over the map from the US to Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Ethiopia and South Africa; often in combination with workshops on creative writing, music, history, science fiction and media literacy. His latest album From The Ashes of Our Homes just released this past fall. Photo credit: Naomi Ishisaka

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