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

Poems:

 

Inspiration and Recommended Reading

An incomplete list by Adrienne Young