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Journalist Chris Noxon on his new book “Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook”


Meet author Christopher Noxon, who in his inspirational illustrated guide uses lessons from the civil rights movement to create positive change for the future. Noxon visits CORE: to discuss how he put this important book together and what it means for today's political discourse, in conversation with veteran organizer Jennifer Epps-Addison.

Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook
By Christopher Noxon
Foreword by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

“At this moment in time, when leadership feels like it’s on life support and we’re all aching for something to believe in, Good Trouble is not just good medicine – it’s the best medicine.”
– Shonda Rhimes

Overwhelmed by today’s political climate and accompanying pessimism, journalist Christopher Noxon found encouragement on a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. He came away inspired and determined to learn the deeper lessons of the movement that would lead to progress today. Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook revisits episodes from the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, highlighting the essential lessons that modern-day activists and the civically minded can embrace to move forward and create change. In handwritten words and vivid pen-and-watercolor illustrations, Noxon dives into the real stories behind the front lines of the Montgomery bus boycott, 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.

Featuring original interviews with key participants of the civil rights movement, and a foreword by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Good Trouble takes a fresh approach to inspire conversation, action, and, most importantly, hope. All of the author’s proceeds from the book will be donated to The Center for Popular Democracy, a nonprofit advocacy group devoted to racial justice, health care, and poverty issues.

About the Author
Christopher Noxon is a journalist who has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Los Angeles Magazine, and Salon. He splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City.

About Jennifer Epps-Addison:
Jennifer Epps-Addison serves as the President and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action's network of 49 partner organizations in 33 states. As President, Jennifer leads CPD’s racial justice campaigns, and works closely with its network of local affiliates. Jennifer boasts over 15 years of community organizing experience, advancing systems-change campaigns for economic and racial justice. Prior to joining CPD, Epps-Addison was the Chief Program Officer for the Liberty Hill Foundation, a social justice foundation in Los Angeles that funds grassroots community organizing campaigns for social change. A native of Milwaukee, WI, Epps-Addison helped coordinate the Fight for $15 campaign as the Executive Director of Wisconsin Jobs Now.

About The Center for Popular Democracy:
The Center for Popular Democracy builds lasting power for communities to ensure the country embodies our vision of an inclusive, equitable society in which everyone has the freedom to thrive, supported by a resilient economy and political institutions that reflect our values. We are fighting for full and fair employment, equitable access to education, affordable housing and healthcare, a clean, safe environment, and empowered civic participation.