January 17, 2019 at 11:15am

Book cover image for It was all a dream : a new generation confronts the broken promise to Black AmericaIt was all a dream : a new generation confronts the broken promise to Black America

by Reniqua Allen

Published: New York, NY : Nation Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, 2019

Call number: E185.8 .A56 2019

Publisher description: "In the last few decades, any hope of economic progress for black Americans has been slowly and steadily undermined. This quiet crisis was only exacerbated by the recession, which cut black households' wealth by over 30 percent. Black millennials watched their parents try to play by the rules, buying homes and aspiring to the trappings of middle-class life, only to sink deeper and deeper into debt. Now, in the post-Obama era, young black Americans face a critical turning point, as they try to realize dreams too long deferred... Allen interweaves reflections on defining moments, from Hurricane Katrina to the murder of Michael Brown to the election of Donald Trump. Together, the lives and reflections in these pages offer a portrait of a generation on the brink, tracing their efforts to build their own futures and write their own history."