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A note on our book selection: 
While these books are organized into sections for your convenience we recognize that many of them have overlapping themes. We encourage you to engage with these books and start the sometimes challenging and uncomfortable conversations they will likely start. Growth is uncomfortable and we welcome you to join the movement.In addition, we also encourage you to support your local and independent bookstores and libraries to find these resources.

Anti-racism

  • How Not to Talk About Race and Genetics by 
  • Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts
  • Race, Racism and Science: Social Impact and Interaction by John P. Jackson and Nadine M. Weidman
  • Race Unmasked: Biology and Race in the Twentieth Century by Michael Yudell
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
  • How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and The Racial Divide by Crystal Marie Fleming  
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo 
  • The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge 
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? By Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Minor Feelings: An Asian-American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
  • America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi
  • Critical Race Theory: A Primer by Khiara M. Bridges
  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
  • MIndful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out by Ruth King
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • The Social life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome by Alondra Nelson 
  • Breathing Race Into the Machine: The Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics by Lundy Braun
  • Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement by Kimberle Crenshaw, et al.
  • Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases by Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, and Ann Patchett
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
  • How We Fight White Supremacy by Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad

Social issues

  • The Trouble With White Women: A Counterhistory of Feminism by Kyla Schuller
  • A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind by Harriet A. Washington
  • Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown 
  • The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff
  • The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale
  • Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next) by Dean Spade 
  • The Second Sickness: Contradictions of Capitalist Health Care by Howard Waitzkin
  • An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elizabeth Roshenthal
  • Read This to Get Smarter: About Race, Class, Gender, Disability & More by Blair Imani
  • Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland by Jonathan M. Metzl, M.D. 
  • Systems Thinking for Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results by David Peter Stroh.
  • The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy by Chris Murphy
  • Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution and Residential Mobility by Dorceta Taylor
  • There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous & Black Communities by Ingrid R.G. Waldron
  • Clean and White: A History of Environmental Racism in the United States by Carl Zimring
  • I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street by Matt Taibbi
  • Chokehold: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

LGBTQIA+

  • The Beginner’s Guide to Being a Trans Ally by Christy Whittlesey
  • Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen
  • The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America by Eric Cervini
  • Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon
  • Queer: A Graphic History by Dr Meg-John Barker and Jules Scheele
  • The Stonewall Reader (50th Anniversary Edition) edited by The New York Public Library

Disability Justice

  • Skin, Tooth and Bone: The Basis of Movement is Our People: A Disability Justice Primer by Sins Invalid
  • Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-first Century by Alice Wong
  • Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
  • Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back by Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka, and Daniel Sluman
  • Capitalism and Disability: Essays by Marta Russell
  • Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation by Eli Clare

History

  • A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through our Genes by Adam Rutherford
  • The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
  • Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from The Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon
  • An African-American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage by Sowande M. Mustakeem
  • A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski
  • The Skull Collectors: Race, Science, and America’s Unburied Dead by Ann Fabian
  • A Disability History of the United States by Kim E. Nelson
  • The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America’s Hospital System by Charles Rosenberg

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