Self-Educate: Anti-Racism

For additional , see Facebook post by Ben Glover and his reading list


Note: Try to buy from independent (IndieBound) or Black owned bookstores rather than Amazon. Many public libraries also have e-books that can be rented/checked out online.  



Maya Angelou - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Mehrsa Baradaran - The Color of Money

James Baldwin - The Fire Next Time

Ta-Nehisi Coates - Between the World and Me

Brittney Cooper - Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

Angela Davis - Freedom is a Constant Struggle  

Ralph Ellison - Invisible Man

Frantz Fanon - Black Skin, White Masks

Ibram X Kendi - How To Be an Antiracist

Ibram X Kendi - Stamped from the Beginning (YA version: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You)

Bakari Kitwana - Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop

Audre Lorde - Sister Outsider

Toni Morrison - The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrisson - Beloved

Safiya Noble - Algorithms of Oppression

Ijeoma Oluo - So You Want to Talk About Race

Claudia Rankine - Citizen: An American Lyric

Dorothy Roberts - Killing the Black Body

Richard Rothstein - The Color of Law

Bryan Stevenson - Just Mercy

Malcom X - Autobiography of Malcom X

Isabel Wilkerson - The Warmth of Other Suns

Ellen D. Wu - The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Myth of the Model Minority


Readings on Prison and Police Abolition

Michelle Alexander - The New Jim Crow

Angela Davis - Are Prisons Obsolete?

Alex S. Vitale - The End of Policing - Free E-book at Verso Books

Multiple Editors - Who Do You Serve Who Do You Protect? - Free E-book at Haymarket Books

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - New Era of Public Safety 

Reading Towards Abolition: A Reading List on Policing, Rebellion, and the Criminalization of Blackness - Radical History Review

Reading List compiled by Mary Blair


Readings on Uprooting Whiteness

Robin DiAngelo - White Fragility

Paul Kivel - Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice

Layla Saad - Me and White Supremacy

Peggy McIntosh - White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Andrea Smith - Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy

Beverly Tatum - Of Smog and Moving Walkways 



Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Case for Reparations

Nathan J Robinson - Why Damaging Property Isn’t the Same as “Violence”


Policy/ Commission Reports

Black Futures Lab - Black Census Project 


South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Below is a link to an international effort to enact systemic and institutional change. This commission provides valuable lessons for us to learn from. “While we have much work to do here, let us avail ourselves of work already done, learn and do better.” Statement and resource from Michael Alter, Master of Public Affairs



Movies / Videos

13th - Ava Duvernay

Netflix, [Warning: depiction of rape from 33:42-34:01]

James Baldwin and America’s “racial problem”

James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni, a conversation

The Black Lives Matter Documentary

Time: The Kalief Browder Story - Jenner Furst - Netflix

Trevor Noah’s thoughts on recent events (including George Floyd, MN Protests…) 

When They See Us - Ava Duvernay - Netflix

A link to films on Netflix:

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