Adult non-fiction and Memoirs

How to Be an Antiracist  by Ibram X. Kendl   ©2019

Kendl weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism.

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So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeomo Oluo ©2018

Guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from police brutality and cultural appropriation to the model minority myth in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race, and about how racism infects every aspect of American life.

 

White Fragility: Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism  by Robin DiAngelo ©2018

Explores the counterproducive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain

racial inequality.

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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum ©2017

The author argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about communicating across racial and ethnic divides and pursuing antiracism.

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I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness  by Austin Channing Brown ©2018

 

An eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female that exposes how white America's love affair with "diversity" so often falls short of its ideals.

For Younger Readers

New Kid by Jerry Craft ©2019

Honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real. (Ages 9-12)

 

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson ©2014

A moving story of the author's childhood, told in verse. (ages 10+)

 

Between the World and Me  by Ta-Nehisi Coates ©2015

(non-fiction) In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. (ages teen -adult)

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The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul   ©2018

When devastating news rattles a young girl's community, her teacher tells the class to look for the helpers - the good people working to make things better in big and small ways. (ages 4-8)

 

I'm not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones

©2015

(fiction) Follows two teen girls - one black, one white, - who have to confront their own assumptions about racial inequality as they rely on each other to get through the violent race riot that has their city on fire with civil unrest. (ages 14-17)

Adult Fiction

The Water Dancer  by Ta-Hehisi Coates ©2019

This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children - the violent and capricious separation of families - and the war they wages to simply make lives with the people they loved.

 

The Vanishing Half  by Brit Bennett   ©2020

A multi-generational family saga that tackles prickly issues of racial identity and bigotry and conveys the corrosive effects of secrets and disseembling.

Films

The Hate U Give 2018

Based on the 2017 young adult novel by Angie Thomas, the film follows the fallout after a high school student witnesses a police shooting.

 

Just Mercy 2019

Explores the work of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson who represents poor people on death row. Featured is his work with Walter McMillian, who had been wrongfully convicted of the murder of a young woman.

Podcasts

"An audio series on how slavery has transformed America" by New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones 2019

 

 

"Conversations about race that you've been waiting for. Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race with empathy and humor."