Anti-racism reading list.

I said this in my insta stories, I will say it again. In not knowing where to start sometimes we are paralyzed by fear and don’t do anything. Yes, we are scared to say the wrong thing (me included), yes we will actually say the wrong thing, but everything starts with trying. Trying to walk, trying to sell something, trying to sketch a design, right? Nothing is 0 to a 100. Other than how I drive.

Since I like to read—I’m gonna start (t)here. Remember, this is not about you, us, we don’t need to show every book we read to gain points and pat ourselves on the back. This is research and work to get to where we should have been, well always. I will add more books as I find them, please feel free to comment below if you have an addition and I’ll continue to expand the list.

 

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century  by Grace Lee Boggs
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga
When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
Woke Church: An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and Injustice by Eric Mason
Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Reform by John Pfaff
Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice That Restores by Dominique Gilliard
Welcoming Justice: God’s Movement Toward Beloved Community by Charles Marsh and John M. Perkins
The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: Telling it Like it Is by Maegan Parker Brooks and Davis W. Houck