Marcus Carter is a tenth-grade honors student. But will he ever see the eleventh grade? When he confronts his chemistry teacher about her closed-minded, “comply or die” response to the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice at the hands of Cleveland police, a heated argument ensues. Cut to the next scene: Marcus stands accused of assaulting his teacher and is in danger of expulsion and criminal prosecution. Will he become one of the thousands of black boys and girls who are pushed out of school and onto the seemingly irreversible conveyor belt of the school-to-prison pipeline every day? That’s the premise of "Today’s Lesson: Black Lives Matter" the debut novel by Willie D. Jones.
About the Author
Willie D. Jones has been black for more than forty years. During that time, he has done a shockingly vast number of things while black. Among them: growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., working as a technology writer and editor for two decades, and loving his two sons (who also happen to be black). He’s currently involved in a complicated, high-stakes project: helping his boys obtain a solid basic education in an America that is turning public schools into the new recruiting ground for the prison industrial complex. Will plans to continue channeling his righteous anger over the means being used to “make America great again” into books like this one.
Publisher:Will the Wordsmith Publications (August 16, 2017)