Educate Yourself | Read

Last week I shared a list of things to watch that illustrate many of the issues that have been brought into full view in the past few weeks. This week I am focusing on things to read. Because it takes a lot longer to read a book, rather than watch something, I have yet to read many of the things on this list, though I hope to. Again, this is by no means an exhaustive list of books or articles or blogs to read. Rather, it is the list of things to read that I have found so far.

If you decide that you would like to purchase any of the books on this list, consider purchasing them from a Black-owned bookstore, rather than Amazon, Target, etc.


White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo,

Me and White Supremacy by Ijeoma Oluo

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates

When They Call You a Terrorist by Angela Davis

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Being Black, Living in Red bu Dalton Conley

Tattoos on the Heart by Greg Boyle

Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Why I am No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge.

The Suffering Will Not Be Televised by Rebecca Wanzo

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Erasing Institutional Bias by Tiffany Jana

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Do the Right Things by Thomas G. Plante

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

My Grandmother’s Hands bu Resmaa Menakem

Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing our Stories of Race, Culture and Identity by Winona Guo

American Spy by Lauren WIlkinson

Caucasia by Danzy Senna

American Marriage by Tayari Jones

There Are No Children Here by LaTonya Yvette

How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram Kendi

Ebony & Ivy by Craig Steven Wilder

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker by Damon Young

Heavy by Kiese Laymon

Southern Horrors by Ida B. Wells

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

Race Matters by Dr. Cornell West

Unless Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcom X

Uprooting Racism by Paul Kivel

Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur and Angela Davis

Ghetto Nation by Cora Daniels

The Soul of Black Folks bu W.E.B. DuBois

Narrative of the Life of an American Slave by Fredrick Douglas

Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Davis

A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? by Maya Schenwar

The Condemnation of Blackness by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

The Origins of the Urban Crisis by Thomas Surgye

Law and Order by Michael W. Flam

Gender & Jim Crow by Glenda Elizabeth Bilmore

The Negro Revolt by Louis G. Lomax

I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin



Anti-Racist Baby by Ibram Kendi

I Am Human by Susan Verde

You Matter by Christian Robinson

Your Name Is A Song bu Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates

The Day You Begin by Jaqueline Woodson

Whoever You Are by Mom Fox

It’s OK to be Different: A Children’s Book About Diversity and Kindness by Sharon Purtill and Sujata Saha

Teach Your Dragon About Diversity by Steve Herman

Race Cars: A Kid’s Book about White Privilege by Jenny Devenny

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Little Leaders: Bold Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena

Happy in Our Skin by Fran Mamushkin

The Skin You Live in Michael J. Tyler

All are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

I Am Enough by Grace Byers



What it Feels Like to Be a Black Man in America Right Now by Terron Moore

7 Ways We Know Systematic Racism is Real by Ben & Jerry’s

Systematic Racism, Explained in 9 Charts by Sean Collins

Systematic Racism: What Does it Mean and How Can you Help Dismantle in? by N’dea Yancey-Bragg

America’s Long Overdue Awakening on Systematic Racismby Justin World



Rachel Cargle –

The Conscious Kid –

Teach and Transform –

Ibram X. Kendi –

Layla F. Saad –

Rachel Ricketts –

Austin Channing Brown –

Ally Henny –

Tayo Roackson –


As always, this is by no means a comprehensive list, rather a list of things I have found so far. If you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments below! Until next time, friends… CML



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