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Young Adult Nonfiction Civil & Human Rights

stay up

racism, resistance, and reclaiming Black freedom

by (author) Khodi Dill

illustrated by Stylo Starr

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Civil & Human Rights, African American, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Cultural Heritage
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
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  • Downloadable audio file

    Publish Date
    Feb 2024
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 14 to 18


An incisive, innovative, and inviting take on fighting oppression and fighting for racial justice.

Racism is a real and present danger. But how can you fight it if you don’t know how it works or where it comes from? Using a compelling mix of memoir, cultural criticism, and anti-oppressive theory, Khodi Dill breaks down how white supremacy functions in North America and gives readers tools to understand how racism impacts their lives. From dismantling internalized racism, decolonizing schools, joining social justice movements and more, Dill lays out paths to personal liberation and social transformation.

Vibrant, dramatic collages by stylo starr complement Dill’s propulsive voice. Fueled by joy and hope as much as by rage and sorrow, this groundbreaking book empowers racialized young people to be confident in their identities and embrace the fullness of their futures.

About the authors

KHODI DILL is a Bahamian-Canadian writer of everything from rap songs to children’s literature. He is a practicing anti-racist educator with a passion for social justice and the arts. Khodi is a proud father and partner who lives and writes in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Khodi Dill's profile page

STYLO STARR is a Jamaican-Canadian collage artist whose work centers nature, fantasy, and notions of the Afrofuture. She is an emerging curator and arts educator with interests in exploring hand-cut collage as a grounding and healing creative modality. stylo lives and works in her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario.

Stylo Starr's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“Eloquent and inspiring . . . Teens will appreciate this straightforward, honest, and respectful offering.”

Booklist, *starred review, 09/15/23

“Dill combines his own lived experiences, moments from the sociopolitical context and equity theories to show the impact and presence of racism and how to individually and collectively resist. The beautiful art creates a perfect balance of theory and praxis.”


Toronto Star, 10/18/23

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