Tamika Mallory (Photo by rolling out)
Civil rights activist Tamika D. Mallory has penned her first book titled State of Emergency: How We Win in the Country We Built. The book will be released on May 11, 2021, through Charlamagne Tha God’s Black Privilege Publishing imprint, which inked a deal last year with Simon & Schuster for books that tell the narratives of Black and Brown people.
Mallory’s book will look deeply at the history of systemic racism in the United States and give a first-hand view of what makes for effective activism today as well as her vision for lasting, positive change. “This country can’t undo the gross atrocities and inner and outer scars committed against the Black, Brown, indigenous, and immigrant lives that were sacrificed for the benefit of its creation, development and rise,” Mallory explained in a statement from Simon & Schuster about her upcoming project.
“But it is now clear that we, the people, who have toiled, sacrificed and contributed an indelible handprint from the soil to the soul of this nation, will no longer tolerate the continual systemic injustice, inequality, inequity, and indignities against the communities our government never bothered to correct. We’re owed the same American Dream of this nation as those who seek the haven of it. And the time is now.”
State of Emergency: How We Win in the Country We Built also will include forewords by fellow civil rights activist Angela Davis as well as rapper Cardi B. Charlamagne also expressed his feelings about working with his friend to help bring her written words to the masses.
“Queen Tamika Mallory is my leader. If you’re a Black person in America, she’s your leader, too,” he said. “Tamika is one of those people who’s always on the front lines fighting for us — not for self-serving reasons, but because she cares about Black people. History is going to be very kind to her. When it’s all said and done, she will go down as one of the most influential Black voices in American history. It is truly a Black privilege and an honor to work for her. State of Emergency is going to immortalize her words and give Black people a study guide that will help us navigate our way to true freedom.”
Mallory’s debut book is available for pre-order now at www.simonandschuster.com.