Since its release on April 4, 2015, Justice in the Round is quickly becoming a Manifesto on the Black Lives Matter Movement. This book was purposely released on the forty-seventh anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. because on that date the civil rights movement, as it had come to be, was silenced by Dr. King’s assassin.
Justice in the Round is inspired by the verdicts in the George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn trials.
The thrust of its argument is that it is time for Reparatory Justice in order to fix injustice caused by the racial dichotomies inherent in American petit and grand jury deliberations.
In the forty-seven years since the death of Dr. King no other movement or individual stepped up, although several have tried, to advance the rights of African Americans. Out of this void sprung up the Black Lives Matter Movement. It grew out of the fear and frustration of young African Americans for their very survival.
The Black Lives Matter Movement has the energy to sustain itself. It has a large cadre of young black lives that are yearning to contribute in a positive way to their survival in American as masters of their own destiny.
Justice in the Round lays out the case for the Black Lives Matter Movement by placing the Civil Rights Movement into historical perspective in a way that has never been done.
“Many baby Boomers, this writer included, left the safe haven of their college campuses and raised the conscience of America from the streets. Our goal, and the goal of the elders statement of our day, was the elimination of the vestiges of second-class citizenship. Baby Boomers won that battle.
In the past thirty years they have been waging a war to protect the spoils gained in war with their country over full citizenship rights while, at the same time, attempting to elicit the support of their progenies in the war to preserve civil rights won on the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, nn Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, in the Boroughs of New York, and on rural dusty roads across America.
The kids were slow to warm to hardships that do not exist in their lifetime. This all began to change with the message that came out of Sanford, Jacksonville, Detroit, Ferguson, and Staten Island. The message was loud and clear: Jim Crow laws may have been defeated, but the social mores that undergirded those laws were alive and well” (Justice in the Round, Harold Michael Harvey, Cascade Publishing House, 2015, pp. 134-135).
Justice in the Round is a clarion call for Black Lives Matter. If the cry of young people for justice in America is not heeded tensions will continue to escalate in the streets. What will become of this tension, no one really wants to know.
The list of unarmed black men and woman killed by the police grows each week making it virtually impossible to remember the names of the dead, because of this, Justice in the Round ends with the exclamation: “My name is Justice – Justice in the Round.”