Anti-racism work…doesn’t end when white people feel better about what they’ve done. It ends when Black people are staying alive and they have their liberation.”         

—Rachel Cargle

Scholarly articles:

 “I cannot tell the truth about anything unless I confess to being a student, growing and learning something new every day. The more I learn, the clearer my view of the world becomes.

—Sonia Sanchez

Toolkits and workbooks:

“You have personal responsibility to acknowledge and oppose racism.”

—Marie Beecham

Non-fiction books:

  • Pushout; Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues by Monique Morris

  • The Sisters are Alright by Tamara Winfrey Harris

  • Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

  • The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

  • The Color of Money by Walter Tevis

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence by Derald Wing Sue

  • The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby

  • Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities

  • Stamped; How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi

  • Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

  • Gideon’s Promise by Jonathan Rapping

  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

  • Charged by Emily Bazelon

  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria  by Beverly Daniel Tatum

  • Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own by Eddie Claude, Jr. 

  • Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison by Nell Bernstein

  • Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism by Shannon Sullivan

  • The Combahee River Collective Statement by the Combahee River Collective

  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

  • Dance in my Spirit Language by Tanisha Douglas

The four types of white denial:

  • Denial of fact: “That’s not true.”

  • Denial of awareness: “I had no idea.”

  • Denial of responsibility: “ It’s not my fault.”

  • Denial of impact: “That wasn’t my intent.”

Ijeoma Oluo

Fiction books:

  • Kindred; Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

  • Nickel Boys by Colton Whitehead

  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

  • Native Son by Richard Wright

  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  • Big Papa and the Time Machine by Daniel Bernstrom

  • A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

  • Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

“If we wait for perfection, we will never break the silence. The cycle of racism will continue uninterrupted.”

Beverly Tatum



Inspiration and Recommended Reading

An incomplete list by Adrienne Young