Author, Tavis Smiley (introduction). Country, United States. Language, English. Publisher, Third World Press. Publication date. The Covenant with Black America is a political, non-fiction book. Overview. Covenant with Black America has ratings and 22 reviews. AngiJo said: This was a very easy read. The compilation of essays highlighted some stark disp. The Covenant In Action has 60 ratings and 3 reviews. Marilyn said: We as a Community Action class preparing for the unbelievable nomination and election.. .
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the tvais. Return to Book Page. Six years’ worth of symposiums come together in this rich collection of essays that plot a course for African Americans, explaining how individuals and households can make changes that will immediately improve their circumstances in areas ranging from health and education to crime reduction and financial well-being.
Covenant with Black America
Addressing these pressing concerns are contributors Dr. D Six years’ worth of symposiums come together in this rich collection of essays that plot a course for African Americans, explaining how individuals and households can make changes that will immediately improve their circumstances in areas ranging from health and education to crime reduction and financial well-being. David Satcher, former U. Each chapter outlines one key issue and provides a list of resources, suggestions for action, and a smilry for what sniley citizens can do to keep their communities progressing socially, politically, and economically.
Though the African American community faces devastating social disparities—in which more than 8 million people live in poverty—this celebration of possibility, hope, and strength will help leaders and citizens keep Black America moving forward. Tavixpages.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Covenant with Black Americaplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Covenant with Black America. Lists with This Book. Sep 27, AngiJo rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anyone who needs to get updated on issues in the Black community. This was a very easy read. The compilation of essays highlighted some stark disparities between African Americans and White Americans that makes one think twice about whether it’s time to do away with the labels and distinctions.
Most helpful were the suggestions to both individuals and policy makers on the actions we can take to change things. The covenang statistics regarding familiar issues healthcare, incarceration, college graduates and not so familiar issues digital divide, plight of rur This was tavjs very easy read. The sobering statistics regarding familiar issues healthcare, incarceration, college graduates and not so familiar issues digital divide, plight of rural Black America, and environmental justice helps the reader become more aware of the current state of affairs.
If everyone was dedicated to make change in these 10 areas,we’d have a serious revolution on our hands. And perhaps we could move on to things that weren’t addressed in the book – the war on drugs and the growing scarcity of the two parent household.
Jul 17, Ski Chills rated it it was amazing. Dec 23, Andrea rated it really liked it. Covenant propounds ten issues critical to the African American community with an introduction to each issue by an expert in the area followed by detailed facts to support it, point-by-point recommendations on tais leaders and individuals can do to help and, finally, some examples of successful projects addressing it.
It’s edited by Tavis Smiley and written in a very accessible style while including input from some of the most distinguished leaders and thinkers in the African American community. The tavi of some of the data seemed a little disingenuous to me, for instance citing a data point of the African American community without the context that might make it evident the problem is not limited to just the African American community. And so the tone of the book can seem a bit divisive and I definitely felt like an outsider looking in.
Its disconcerting when a group as big and diverse as “African Americans” is presented as a unified block. Race in my world view is a mushy attribute – more of a continuum between black and white and anything else disturbingly harkens back to the “one-drop rule”.
The big “we” makes me wonder where along that continuum the author has drawn the line. But tavvis research conducted comparing African Americans and other communities demonstrates undeniable differences and so all of these quibbles are inconsequential to the overall value of the book. Its clear that African Americans in this country have an incredibly difficult climb fraught with disadvantages at all levels. The data appears to overwhelming indicate that special focus needs to be paid to African American needs.
But lest you walk away thinking that the problems are insurmountable, Covenant includes thoughtful, diverse and practical recommendations on what could be done to help and examples of existing successful projects that are making a difference. Covenant instills confidence that African Americans can attack key problems in their community if they pull their resources and work together towards a common goal.
As a NY Times Bestseller its clear that the book is being read, but its more difficult to assess if the book has been successful at motivating readers to take action. No doubt it stands as a helpful resource that ssmiley numerous ideas for leaders to start marshaling their own resources and campaigns in their local communities. Mar 30, Mytresa Taylor rated it really liked it Shelves: I give this book a 7. THis sjiley talked about Black America and it was full of statistics and ratios between blacks and other races.
I really enjoyed the book because I enjoy statistics and things like this. However i think, because im a teenager, that it would have been fun to read a chapter about teenage statistics in comparsion to other races in relation to sex, drugs, education and things like that.
The Covenant In Action
Other than that though everything in this book was centered around black adults and government, business, and education. I believe the author wrote this book because he saw how we as a people are falling behind other races, not only because we dont want to help ourselves but also because smmiley dont know how we are hurting and holding ourselves back. This is the type of book that would open yours eyes to things like this and I believe it did a good job.
The audience are black people who are ignorant to the economy and dont want to help covneant and our people. We can be so much more progressed as a people of we werent so dependant on others.
We have to change to see a change. May 27, Eddie rated it really liked it Shelves: Despite what you’ve heard, not all truths are self-evident The Covenant with Black America is a profound literary work that reveals the truths about America and its tenuous relationship with the African-American community. After an introduction by Tavis Smiley, leading authorities cover agendas that should be of major concern to all African-Americans: The information included in this book shouldn’t be anything you haven’t heard before.
If you Despite what you’ve heard, not all truths are self-evident If you are not familiar with the state of the African-American community as it pertains to issues such as health, wealth, justice, etc If you have heard some of this before, but only as conjecture, then The Covenant will make it factual by providing the statistical evidence.
If this seems like the “I’ve heard all of this before” sort of talk, then chalk it up as a much needed reminder of the prognosis of a people if nothing is done to aid, educate, and advocate for said people.
Tavis Smiley and others have done a great service to all by publishing this book. This book is a necessity; not only is it intended to provoke thought it is intended to provoke action as well. Jul 01, Shanae rated it liked it. This book was decent in my opinion. Tavis Smiley isn’t my favorite person or my favorite writer, but his solutions to the issues Black America faces are doable – even if they are unlikely. I appreciate that there are still individuals who think about the problems in Black America and work to find solutions to them.
The problem with works by writers like Smiley is that they never seem tor each the audiences to which they are directed. The book is a little repetitive – if you get to the end of eac This book was decent in my opinion. The book is a little repetitive – if you get to the end of each chapter you’ll see what I’m talking about. This is definitely a great sociology book, especially if you’re looking to do some research on Black America.
Dec 05, Heidi rated it liked it. I would have liked to see family-friendly policies featured as one of the covenants. This omission was a gaping hole. Sep 26, Eugenia marked it as to-read.
coveannt Nov 02, Chris added it Recommends it for: Also gives great recommendations of other idea driven books for those interested in an overall change state here in this country. Sep 26, SunnyD rated it did not like it Shelves: May 26, Yasmine Jameson added it. I finished this book. It was an interesting read. Different persons in black america and their take on societal woes.
But you have to read for yourself to make a decision. I finished this a while ago. I am just dating it current.
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Jul 05, Marika rated it really liked it. Strong start to opening eyes to issues in America. Need to place action behind words to find success. Seeking more information from local gov. Jun 09, Michael Glover rated it really liked it. Tavis painted a solid picture about the state of Black America and the information he discussed in this book was powerful! Jan 24, Isaac Holloway rated it liked it. Nov 01, Sava Hecht rated it it was ok.
African Americans who want to make a difference should definitely read this book. There is much to learn, and more than much to do to create economic parity. Mar 19, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 07, Tracy Lewis rated it it was amazing Shelves: