2020 Racial Justice Readings

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi

Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Chokehold: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis 

An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Edim Glory

Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob

Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America by Peniel Joseph

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen

Sister Ousider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

Beloved by Toni Morrison (Fiction)

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Fiction)

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad

The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect On America by Nikesh Shukla

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer

America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jesmyn Ward

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X with the assistance of Alex Haley

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story of the Struggle for Black Lives by Wesley Lowery