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No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America

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From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave, beautifully wrought memoir.

When Darnell Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely. It wasn't the last time he would face death.

Three decades later, Moore is an award-winning writer, a leading Black Lives Matter activist, and an advocate for justice and liberation. In No Ashes in the Fire, he shares the journey taken by that scared, bullied teenager who not only survived, but found his calling. Moore's transcendence over the myriad forces of repression that faced him is a testament to the grace and care of the people who loved him, and to his hometown, Camden, NJ, scarred and ignored but brimming with life. Moore reminds us that liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society's edges can thrive.

No Ashes in the Fire is a story of beauty and hope-and an honest reckoning with family, with place, and with what it means to be free.

ISBN-13: 9781568589404

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Publication Date: 02-19-2019

Pages: 256

Product Dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Darnell L. Moore is the author of No Ashes in the Fire, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and winner of the Lambda Literary Award. He isthe director of inclusion strategy for content and marketing at Netflix; a columnist at and; and a former editor at large at CASSIUS and senior editor at Mic, where he hosted their widely viewed digital series The Movement. His writings have been published in Ebony, Advocate, Vice, Guardian, and MSNBC. Moore is a writer-in-residence at the Center of African American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice at Columbia University, has taught at NYU, Rutgers, Fordham, and Vassar, and was trained at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2016, he was named one of The Root 100, and in 2015 he was named one of Ebony magazine's Power 100 and Planned Parenthood's 99 Dream Keepers. He lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 Passage 13

Chapter 2 Ripples 37

Chapter 3 Magic 67

Chapter 4 Touch 95

Chapter 5 Run 115

Chapter 6 Unbecoming 149

Chapter 7 Return 175

Chapter 8 Lessons 201

Epilogue 227

Acknowledgments 235

Notes 241

Reading Group Guide 243