One Book, One Proviso Launches Aug. 30

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

This week, Village Free Press, the Need to Know NFP and libraries in Proviso Township will launch One Book, One Proviso.

Our inaugural One Book, One Proviso selection — Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr. — was chosen in order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Maywood native son Fred Hampton.

You can purchase the book at Afriware Books in Maywood — the official bookstore for One Book, One Proviso — or check it out at the Proviso Township libraries that are participating in One Book, One Proviso (for a list, click here). Some of these libraries will also have the book available for purchase and will feature programming that’s related to Fred Hampton and/or the Black Panthers.

Hampton was brutally killed in an unlawful and unjust raid conducted by law enforcement officials inside of his Chicago apartment on Dec. 4, 1969. In order to keep Fred’s legacy alive, and to highlight the structures and systems that made his assassination possible, we’ve chosen to read, discuss, enliven and engage Black Against Empire as one Proviso Township community from Aug. 30 through Dec. 4.

As a synopsis provided on the website of the book’s publisher, the University of California Press, explains, Black Against Empire “is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. The authors analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the Party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the Party at its peak of influence.

“Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, this book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement and its disastrous unraveling. Informed by twelve years of meticulous archival research, as well as familiarity with most of the former Party leadership and many rank-and-file members, this book is the definitive history of one of the greatest challenges ever posed to American state power.”

Watch for these upcoming One Book events:

One Book, One Proviso Digital Launch

All day on Aug. 30, we encourage readers throughout Proviso Township to visit our Facebook page (@1book1proviso), Twitter page (@oneproviso) and our website ( to comment on Black Against Empire.

We’ll also be updating readers on where to buy or check out  the book, which libraries will offer programming related to the book and/or Fred Hampton’s life, how to create their own One Book, One Proviso programs and how to enter One Book’s $1,000 essay contest.

One last (but very important thing)! Every day from Aug. 30 until Dec. 4 (the day Fred was assassinated in Chicago by law enforcement authorities), we’ll be posting a brief nugget about Fred Hampton’s life on our website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages. We’re calling this project: #MaywoodRemembers.

One Book, One Proviso Kickoff Party

Join us on Saturday, Sept. 7, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Afriware Books, 1701 S. 1st Ave. (Suite #400 in the Eisenhower Tower) in Maywood, for the official One Book, One Proviso launch party.

Around elected officials, community leaders and representatives from libraries throughout Proviso Township will gather to formally announce the creation of the One Book, One Proviso literacy initiative.

For more info, visit VFP

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