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2020 Black Lives Matter Marches, by Joyce Markovics (for young readers)

ABCs of Black History Month (ages 5-15) by Rio Cortez and Lauren Semmer

American Poison by Eduardo Porter

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Anti-Racism (Words of Change Series) by Kenrya Rankin

As Long as Grass Grows by Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Autobiography of Malcolm X (The) by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly About Racism in America, by George Yancy

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Biased by Jennifer Eberhardt

      Black Lives Matter: From Hashtag to the Streets (The Fight for Black Rights) by Artika Tyner (for young readers)

#BlackLivesMatter: Protesting Racism by Rachel Thomas (for young readers)

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons, by Imani Perry

But I’m Not Racist by Lee Edward Colston II

Carry by Toni Jensen

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Confessions of Nat Turner (The) by Willian Styron

Dear Martin by Nic Stone (young adult)

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland, by Jonathan M. Metzi

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

End of Policing (The) by Alex S. Vitale - ebook free here

Fire Next Time (The) by James Baldwin

Firebird (ages 5-8) by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers

Free Men (The) by John Ehle

Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis

Hate U Give (The) (age 14-17) by Angie Thomas

Have I Ever Told You Balck Lives Matter by Shani King (for young readers)

Heartbeat of Wounded Knee (The) by David Treuer

Heavy by Kiese Laymon

Hellhound On His Trail by Hampton Sides

Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

How to Maintain a Predominantly White Workplace by Leniece Flowers Brissett

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective Edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

Hurricane Child (age 8-12) by Kacen Callender

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice (ages 5-19) by Nikki Grimes and Laura Freeman

Killing Rage by Bell Hooks

Light of Truth (The) by Ida B. Wells

Lillian's Right to Vote (ages 5-9) by Jonah Winter and Shan W. Evans

Linking Arms Together: American Indian Treaty Visions of Law and Peace, 1600-1800 1st Edition by Robert A Williams, Jr.

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone (age 6-10) by Katheryn Russell-Brown

Mama's Nightengale, a Story of Immigration and Separation (age 6-10) by Edwidge Danticat

March: Book One (age 12 and up) by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Me and White Supremecy by Layla F. Saad

My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter by Aja Monet

New Jim Crow (The) by Michelle Alexander

New Kid (age 8-12) by Jerry Craft

Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm by Robin DiAngelo

The Nickel Boysby Colson Whitehead

Nobody Knows My Name by James Baldwin

Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin

Parker Looks Up (ages 4-8) by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry

Passing Nella Larsen (fiction)

Performative Allyship is Deadly (Here’s What Do to Instead) by Holiday Phillips

Policing the Black Man by Angela J. Davis, Bryan Stevenson, Marc Mauer, Bruce Western, and Jeremy Travis

Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth by Dána-Ain Davis

Return of the Native (The) by Thomas Hardy

Revealing Whiteness: The Unconscious Habits of Racial Privilege, by Shannon Sullivan

Say Their Names: How Black Lives Came to Matter in America, by Curtis Bunn, Michael H. Cottman, Patrice Gaines, Nick Charles, and Keith Harriston

Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America (The) by Carol Anderson

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Slavery By Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon 

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeomo Oluo

Solitary by Albert Woodfox

Song in a Weary Throat by Pauli Murray

Souls of Black Folk (The) by W.E.B. Du Bois

Source of Self-Regard (The) by Toni Morrison

Sulwe (ages 4-8) by Liputa Nyong

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker

Undefeated (The) (ages 6-9) by Kwame Alexander and Kidir Nelson

Underground Railroad (The) by Colson Whitehead

Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery by Marck Charles and Soong-Chan Rah

Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America, by Keisha N. Blain

Until We Reckon by Danielle Sered

Warmth of Other Suns (The) by Isabel Wilkerson

Water Dancer (The) by Ta-Nehisi Coates

We Real Cool by Bell Hooks

What is Anti-racism? by Hedreich Nickols and Kelisa King (for young readers)

What is the Black Lives Matter Movement by Hedreich Nickols and Kelisa King (for young readers)

What is White Privilege? by Leigh Ann Erickson and Kelisa King (for young readers)

White Allies Handbook (The) - 4 Weeks to Join the Racial Justice Fight for Black Women by Lecia Michelle

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

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

Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States a collection of essays by organizers, legal activists, and progressive journalists

Why Diversity Matters by Vivian Hunt, Dennis Layton, and Sara Prince

Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King Jr

Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis

Misc Reading:

“Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr - online


Blood at the Root, by Dominique Morisseau

Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege by various artists

Fires in the Mirror, by Anna Deveare Smith

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow isby Ntozake Shange

Hands Up: 6 Playwrights: 6 Testaments by Nathan James, Nathan Yunberberg, Idris Goodwin, Glenn Gordon, Dennis Allen II, Eric Holmes

Kill Move Paradise, by James Ijames

An Octoroon, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry

Sweat, by Lynn Nottage

Topdog/Underdog, Suzan-Lori Parks

Organizations to follow on social media:

Antiracism Center: Twitter

Audre Lorde Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

Black Women’s Blueprint: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Color Of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Colorlines: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

The Conscious Kid: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Families Belong Together: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

MPowerChange: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

Muslim Girl: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

National Domestic Workers Alliance: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

RAICES: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

SisterSong: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

United We Dream: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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