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Theodore R. Johnson | When the Stars Begin to Fall

Please note this is scheduled as an in-store event. Due to state and QRB COVID 19 policies, seating is limited. Please purchase your ticket on Eventbrite.

"When the Stars Begin to Fall offers an impassioned account of what we need to do to save this country. Drawing on political philosophy and history, Theodore R. Johnson tells the truth about how racism remains an existential threat to American democracy. He writes beautifully about the resources found in the Black tradition that may help save us all. And he offers concrete suggestions about what we can do right now. In the end, the book is motivated by an unshakable love of country rooted in a renewed sense of civil religion that is not beholden to the idols of race. Johnson calls us to live together differently—to imagine a kind of solidarity with each other that finally leaves behind the very thing that threatens to destroy this fragile experiment in democracy. This is the kind of the book to read and reread and to argue over. When the Stars Begin to Fall is exactly what we need in this time of storm and stress." —Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

"Ted Johnson summons the courage and clarity to call forth the better angels in us to face the existential threat that structural racism poses for our beloved country. He traces his roots to the deep and wide foundations of our republic and calls on us to work through its maddening contradictions to seek and find that ever elusive 'more perfect union.' In this work, he challenges America to find her better self, precisely because he loves her so much." —Mitch Landrieu

Dr. Theodore R. Johnson is a Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice where he undertakes research on racial disparities, politics, and American identity. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, he was a Commander in the United States Navy and served for twenty years in a variety of positions, including as a White House Fellow in the first Obama administration and as speechwriter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His work on race relations has appeared in prominent national publications across the political spectrum, including the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Time, POLITICO, Slate, National Review, New Republic, Vox, and EBONY.


Event date: 
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America By Theodore R. Johnson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802157850
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - June 8th, 2021

A bold, thought-provoking pathway to the national solidarity that could, finally, address the ills of racism in America

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