Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook
“Christopher Noxon’s elegant sketches and visceral use of words brilliantly capture the urgent courage and integrity required of the men and women who stepped up for the civil rights movement. Noxon’s personal and emotional storytelling walks us right into the story so that, as each page goes by, we begin to see not a history lesson but instead feel a riveting call to action for our own present day. At this moment in time, when leadership feels like it’s on life support and we are all aching for something to believe in, Good Trouble is not just good medicine—it’s the best medicine.”
Good Trouble is the helpful antidote to all the pessimism and name-calling that is permeating today’s political and social dialogues. Revisiting episodes from the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, it highlights the essential lessons that modern-day activists and the civically minded can extract and embrace in order to move forward and create change. In words and vivid pen-and-watercolor illustrations, journalist Christopher Noxon dives into the real stories behind the front lines of the Montgomery bus boycott and the Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins and notable figures such as Rosa Parks and Bayard Rustin, all while exploring the parallels between the civil rights movement era and the present moment. This thoughtful, fresh approach is sure to inspire conversation, action, and, most importantly, hope.