BCB No, You Shut Up



A rousing call to leadership from Vice President Biden’s senior campaign advisor, self-described millennial spokesperson, and the youngest national press secretary in the history of the United States—a take-no-prisoners approach to life, politics, and career success that shows young people how to be loud and powerful in their own right.

“Symone’s honest and profound reflection on standing up and speaking out is sure to inspire young people across the country to become the change agents the world needs.”—Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Open your mouth and start talking. Loudly.

Many people—most notably older white men—have tried to stop Symone D. Sanders from speaking up and calling them out. But Symone won’t ever shut up—and neither should we. In this inspiring call to action, Symone tells us about her political come-up and finding her voice among those of the revolutionaries who came before her, from Fannie Lou Hamer to Maxine Waters. Through her experiences and theirs, Symone shows us again and again how being our authentic selves is an advantage—in fact, it’s the only way to effectively fight ideological battles and resist those who try to silence us.

No, You Shut Up is about speaking the truth and doing the work, even when they tell you that you’re too young, or too gay, or too Black—and especially if you’re too loud. Because change doesn’t just happen at the ballot box or in a vacuum. We need people fighting oppression, injustice, and inequality—in the workplace, on the cultural battlefield, in government, in every corner of the world.

We are all gurus, masterminds, artists, entrepreneurs— we are the change agents we have been waiting for, she reminds us. IT IS US. And the time is RIGHT NOW.