11 Books About Political Protests To Inspire Your Activism Throughout Trump's Presidency
With the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, protests have sprung up all around the nation, including the Women's March on Washington this Saturday. Protests have long been an integral part of our global history, from the iconic March on Washington to Arab Spring, and there has been plenty of great literature surrounding protests.
No matter what the cause, protests can be exciting, terrifying, and everything in-between. It takes a lot of drive for people to take to the streets and raise their voice. There are so many factors in what causes protests to rise up, and so many angles to explore.
Protests are a unique environment wherein many people come together to raise their voices in support of a cause, so it makes sense that these books about protests are filled with an array of voices, ranging from the protestors to police. Many of these books give us a glimpse into the perspectives of real-life activists . Others try to capture the passion and the fiery determination that fuel protests. Though many of these books are nonfiction, there are also some great novels on this list that illuminate the spirit of protest in their own way.
Whether you're getting ready to march this weekend or you're just interested in learning more, these books are a great way to inspire and educate yourself about how protests can make a difference.
1. 'March' by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
2. 'Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist' by Sunil Yapa
3. 'Freedom is a Constant Struggle' by Angela Y. Davis
4. 'Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt' by Sarah Jaffe
5. 'From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation' by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
6. 'Do Not Say We Have Nothing' by Madeleine Thien
Nominated for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, this astounding book centers around two generations of a Chinese family as they experience the horrors of Mao's Cultural Revolution. Music and politics are at the heart of this brilliant novel, as are the infamous protests at Tiananmen Square that resulted in horrifying tragedy.
7. 'Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot' by Masha Gessen
8. 'This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement' edited by Sarah van Gelder and Yes! Magazine
9. 'The Story of My Experiments With Truth' by Mahatma Gandhi
10. 'The Riots' by Gillian Slovo
We talk a lot about nonviolent protests, but what happens when protesting turns to rioting? In this unique verbatim play, Slovo interviewed people involved with the 2011 England riots — from policemen to community members — and placed their words against each other in a way that brings insight and perspective to the forces that influenced the riots.
11. 'Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution: Voices from Tunis to Damascus' edited by Layla Al-Zubaidi and Matthew Cassel
The protests that became Arab Spring were a huge moment for the Middle East and the world at large. This collection is filled with testimony by on-the-ground participants in the revolution, half of whom are women. A powerful read that gives unique perspective on a critical moment in our history.