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In the wake of a reckoning with power and systemic racism during the summer of 2020, poet and philanthropist Elizabeth Alexander considered the reality faced by her sons and other Black Americans who were raised to be acutely aware of police brutality and anti-Black violence. It’s a demographic she refers to as “the Trayvon Generation,” the young people who grew up in the last 25 years, as she ponders how deep-seated racism and violence in the United States have shaped not only the nation’s politics, but also its art and culture. Through her expert analysis and lyrical prose, Alexander illuminates this critical time in American history and the young lives at the center of it. —Cady Lang

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