A list of 40 books to keep the conversation going on racism and social justice compiled by writer Sophia Montalban. If you are looking to purchase a book, here is a list of 8 Black-owned independent bookstores you can support.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

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

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo 

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color edited by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For by Alice Walker

Trouble Is What I Do by Walter Mosely

It’s Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan

I Don’t Want to Die Poor by Michael Arceneaux 

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Parable of the Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls of Color by Khristi Lauren Adams

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance by Zora Neale Hurston

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

Chokehold: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays by Damon Young 

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble

White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color by Ruby Hamad

Talking To My Country by Stan Grant

How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? by Moustafa Bayoumi

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis

We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood by Dani McClain

They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald

Black Politics: Inside the Complexity of Aboriginal Political Culture by Sarah Maddison

The Last Negroes at Harvard: The Class of 1963 and the 18 Young Men Who Changed Harvard Forever by Kent Garrett and Jeanne Ellsworth

 

STORY SOPHIA MONTALBAN
GRAPHIC ANNA ZHANG

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