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A distinguished legal scholar and civil rights activist employs a series of dramatic fables and dialogues to probe the foundations of America’s racial attitudes and raise disturbing questions about the nature of our society.

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"Fascinating and provocative.... Mr. Bell has chosen to engage the often harsh realities of the black struggle for justice in America through the use of a storytelling technique filled with imagination, fantasy and unabashed spirituality."—Vincent Harding, New York Times Book Review
"A book of compelling originality, power, even enchantment." —Alice Walker
"A brilliant analysis of the problem of race in the United States today." —John Hope Franklin, Duke University
"Bell's daring technique allows us to look at race relations from a new perspective."—Juan Williams, Washington Post Book World
"Will in all probability be the decade's most important book about civil rights." —Duncan Kennedy, Harvard Law School
"A powerful book that challenges us to understand the unfinished agenda for social justice of the civil rights movement."—Michael E. Tigar, American Bar Association Journal
"This is a remarkable book in the still intractable field of race relations.... A stimulating mine of ideas, well worthy of the careful consideration of all thoughtful Americans."—Erwin N. Griswold, former Solicitor General of the United States
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