Julius Lester’s unusual résumé includes stints as a recording artist, television and radio broadcaster, civil “rights” activist, Afro-American Studies professor, novelist, and author of children’s stories. He also married a Jewess and converted to Judaism after discovering that his great-grandfather, Adolph Altschul, was a Jew who had married a freed slave woman. Among Lester’s non-fiction books of adult interest are Look Out, Whitey! Black Power’s Gon’ Get Your Mama! (1968), Revolutionary Notes (1969), All Is Well (1976), and Lovesong: Becoming a Jew (1988).
What follows is excerpted from Revolutionary Notes, of which Lester says on his website: “This book consists of political opinion pieces written between 1967-1970 for various politically radical publications. As a ‘period piece’ it was interesting for me to look through the essays […] However, the language and many of the ideas represent a person I ceased to be around 1970 or so.”…
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