To Make the Wounded Whole: The African American Struggle against HIV/AIDS is now available for pre-order from University of North Carolina Press! Use promo code 01DAH40 at checkout to receive 40 percent off the cover price. Ebook readers can also purchase the Kindle edition now from Amazon.
To Make the Wounded Whole offers the first history of African American AIDS activism in all of its depth and breadth. It introduces a diverse constellation of activists, including medical professionals, Black gay intellectuals, church pastors, Nation of Islam leaders, recovering drug users, and Black feminists who pursued a wide array of grassroots approaches to slow the epidemic’s spread and address its impacts. Through interlinked stories from Philadelphia and Atlanta to South Africa and back again, this book documents the diverse, creative, and global work of African American activists in the decades-long battle against HIV/AIDS.
Here’s what scholars are saying about To Make the Wounded Whole:
Royles has delivered a masterfully nuanced yet clearly rendered account of one of the greatest challenges to African American health and politics in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.Samuel Kelton Roberts Jr., author of Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation
To Make the Wounded Whole is original and important. It challenges the notion that African Americans were passive, powerless, or oppositional in addressing the health crisis, demonstrating that Black LGBTQ activists and their allies developed powerful and influential community-based responses to the AIDS epidemic.Marc Stein, author of Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe
A brilliant account of African Americans’ underappreciated grassroots responses to the AIDS epidemic. This important book strikingly documents this multifaceted health activism and its novel array of healing strategies. A groundbreaking, essential contribution.Alondra Nelson, author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination