About the BookA no-holds-barred, red-hot discussion of race in America today from some of the leading names in the field, including the bestselling author of Just Mercy
This blisteringly candid discussion of the American dilemma in the age of Trump brings together the head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the former attorney general of the United States, a bestselling author and death penalty lawyer, and a star professor for an honest conversation the country desperately needs to hear.
Drawing on their collective decades of work on civil rights issues as well as personal histories of rising from poverty and oppression, these leading lights of the legal profession and the fight for racial justice talk about the importance of reclaiming the racial narrative and keeping our eyes on the horizon as we work for justice in an unjust time.
Covering topics as varied as “the commonality of pain,” “when lawyers are heroes,” and the concept of an “equality dividend” that is due to people of color for helping America brand itself internationally as a country of diversity and acceptance, Ifill, Lynch, Stevenson, and Thompson also explore topics such as “when did ‘public’ become a dirty word” (hint, it has something to do with serving people of color), “you know what Jeff Sessions is going to say,” and “what it means to be a civil rights lawyer in the age of Trump.”
Building on Stevenson’s hugely successful Just Mercy, Lynch’s national platform at the Justice Department, Ifill’s role as one of the leading defenders of civil rights in the country, and the occasion of Thompson’s launch of a new center on race, inequality, and the law at the NYU School of Law, A Perilous Path will speak loudly and clearly to everyone concerned about America’s perpetual fault line.
Bryan Stevenson is the author of Just Mercy and the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, based in Montgomery, Alabama.
Anthony C. Thompson is a professor of clinical law and the faculty director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at New York University School of Law.
Loretta Lynch was the eighty-third attorney general of the United States and lives in Washington, DC.
Sherrilyn Ifill is the president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund based in Washington, DC.Loretta Lynch was the eighty-third attorney general of the United States and lives in Washington, D.C. She is a co-author, with Sherrilyn Ifill, Bryan Stevenson, and Anthony C. Thompson, of A Perilous Path (The New Press).Anthony C. Thompson is Professor of Clinical Law at New York University Law School, and the founding faculty director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU. He is the author of Releasing Prisoners, Redeeming Communities (2008).
Praise for A Perilous Path:
A probing, provocative conversation on the national narrative in the Trump era. . . . The discussion presents a striking contrast between governmental initiatives today and those of the Obama administration while suggesting that if these are times of great struggle, they are also times of great determination and hope. . . . A wake-up call for the American dream.”
Exactly the book we all need right now. A Perilous Path is a roundtable of four of the best civil rights minds in the country discussing their work, their lives, and the fight for justice that we need at this harrowing hour in U.S. history.”
Praise for Bryan Stevenson:
"Bryan Stevenson is the Mandela of America."