Curated Anti-Racism Book List

From Victoria Alexander: “I’ve been getting a lot of questions from my non-Black friends about how to be a better ally to Black people. I suggest unlearning and relearning through literature as just one good jumping off point, and have broken up my anti-racist reading list into sections.”

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Anti-Racist Starter Kit:

Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram X Kendi

A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn (There is a “young people’s” version for elementary and middle school readers)

White Fragility, Robin Diangelo

So you want to talk about race, Ijeoma Oluo

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

Me and White Supremcy, Layla F Saad

Stamped, Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Anti-Racist Intermediate Kit:

The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America, Anders Walker

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

The Condemnation of Blackness, Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Dying of Whiteness, Jonathan Metzl

A Different Mirror, Ronald Takaki

How to be an AntiRacist, Ibram X Kendi

How the South Won the Civil War, Heather Cox Richardson

Anti-Racist Topic Specifics:

Evicted, Matthew Desmond

Nobody, Marc Lamont Hill

Lies My Teacher Told Me, James W Loewen

Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, Berver Doniel Tatum, PhD

The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein

Blackballed, Darryl Pinkney

Lies My Teacher Told Me, James W. Loewen

Anti-Racist Lit; Bios, Non-fiction, novels, personal narratives:

The Warmth of Other Sons, Isabel Wilkerson

The Fire Next time, James Baldwin

Malcolm X, Alex Haley

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Killing Rage Ending Racism, bell hooks

Becoming, Michelle Obama

An American By Marriage, Tayari Jones

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, Sun Yung Shin (editor)

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, James McBride

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

The Myth Of Race, Robert Sussman

Anti-Racist Lit — Black Feminism:

How we Get Free, Keeanga-Yamhtta Taylor

Black Feminits Thought, Patricia Hill Collins

Ain’t I a Woman Black Women and Feminism, bell hooks

Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay

Eloquent Rage, Brittney Cooper

In Search of Our Mothers Gardens, Alice Walker

Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde

Women Race & Class, Angela Y Davis

Assata: An Autobiography, Assata Shakur

To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe, Akwugo Emejulu and Francesca Sobande

Anti Racist List Black LGBTQ+:

Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin

Zami, Audre Lorde

Real Life, Brandon Taylor

Unapologetic A black, queer, and feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, Charlene A Carruthers

No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies, E. Patrick Johnson

Since I Laid My Burden Down, Brontez Purnell

The Other Side of Paradise, Staceyann Chin

No Ashes in the Fire, Darnell L. Moore

The Summer We Got Free, Mia McKenzie

Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin

Rising Out of Hatred, Eli Saslow

Black On Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity, C. Riley Snorton




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