In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America
By Senior Fellow, Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
(University of Chicago Press 2007, ISBN: 978-0-226-29824-5)
In this timely book, Glaude makes an impassioned plea for black America to address its social problems by recourse to experience and with an eye set on the promise and potential of the future, rather than the fixed ideas and categories of the past. Central to Glaude's mission is a rehabilitation of philosopher John Dewey, whose ideas, he argues, can be fruitfully applied to a renewal of African-American politics.
"Dr. Glaude presents a thoughtful and creative approach to black political thought that will shape the discourse among African-American leaders in the 21st century," said Jamestown Senior Vice President for Fellows, Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. "This creativity and appreciation for black life in all its variety make Glaude one of the most visionary thinkers of our time," continued Sullivan.
Heady, inspirational, and brimming with practical wisdom, In a Shade of Blue is a remarkable work of political commentary on a scale rarely seen today. To follow its trajectory is to learn how African Americans arrived at this critical moment in their history and to envision where they might head in the twenty-first century.
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