A Black Lives Matter Reading List

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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor) Cover Image
By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor)
$34.20
ISBN: 9780593230572
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Published: One World - November 16th, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER • A dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present.


The 1619 Project: Born on the Water By Nikole Hannah-Jones, Renée Watson, Nikkolas Smith (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9780593307359
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Published: Kokila - November 16th, 2021

The 1619 Project’s lyrical picture book in verse chronicles the consequences of slavery and the history of Black resistance in the United States, thoughtfully rendered by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and Newbery honor-winning author Renée Watson.


Critical Race Theory: An Introduction (Critical America #20) By Richard Delgado, Jean Stefancic, Angela Harris (Foreword by) Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781479802760
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Published: New York University Press - March 7th, 2017

Updated to include the Black Lives Matter movement, the presidency of Barack Obama, the rise of hate speech on the Internet, and more


Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man By Emmanuel Acho Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9781250800473
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - November 9th, 2021

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

An urgent primer on race and racism, from the host of the viral hit video series

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man”


Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America By Ijeoma Oluo Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9781580059527
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Published: Seal Press - November 9th, 2021

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, an  “illuminating” (New York Times Book Review) history of white male identity.

What happens to a country that tells generation after generation of white men that they deserve power?


The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker By Jelani Cobb, David Remnick Cover Image
$31.50
ISBN: 9780063017597
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Published: Ecco - September 28th, 2021

A collection of The New Yorker‘s groundbreaking writing on race in America—including work by James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Hilton Als, Zadie Smith, and more—with a foreword by Jelani Cobb


We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice By Mariame Kaba, Tamara K. Nopper (Editor), Naomi Murakawa (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Mariame Kaba, Tamara K. Nopper (Editor), Naomi Murakawa (Foreword by)
$15.26
ISBN: 9781642595253
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Published: Haymarket Books - February 23rd, 2021

"Organizing is both science and art. It is thinking through a vision, a strategy, and then figuring out who your targets are, always being concerned about power, always being concerned about how you're going to actually build power in order to be able to push your issues, in order to be able to get the target to actually move in the way that you want to."


Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom By Derecka Purnell Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9781662600517
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Published: Astra House - October 5th, 2021

A NONAME BOOK CLUB PICK
 
Named a Kirkus Reviews "Best Book of 2021" 
 
"Becoming Abolitionists is ultimately about the importance of asking questions and our ability to create answers. And in the end, Purnell makes it clear that abolition is a labor of love—one that we can accomplish together if only we decide to."


The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth By Kristin Henning Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524748906
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Published: Pantheon - September 28th, 2021

A brilliant analysis of the foundations of racist policing in America: the day-to-day brutalities, largely hidden from public view, endured by Black youth growing up under constant police surveillance and the persistent threat of physical and psychological abuse


White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality By Sheryll Cashin Cover Image
$26.06
ISBN: 9780807000298
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Published: Beacon Press - September 14th, 2021

A 2021 C. Wright Mills Award Finalist

Shows how government created “ghettos” and affluent white space and entrenched a system of American residential caste that is the linchpin of US inequality—and issues a call for abolition.


His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope By Jon Meacham, John Lewis (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Jon Meacham, John Lewis (Afterword by)
$17.09
ISBN: 9781984855046
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 7th, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America 


The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart By Alicia Garza Cover Image
$16.20
ISBN: 9780525509707
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Published: One World - September 7th, 2021

An essential guide to building transformative movements to address the challenges of our time, from one of the country’s leading organizers and a co-creator of Black Lives Matter
 
“Excellent and provocative . . . a gateway [to] urgent debates.”—Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker


The End of Bias: A Beginning: The Science and Practice of Overcoming Unconscious Bias By Jessica Nordell Cover Image
$26.09
ISBN: 9781250186188
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Published: Metropolitan Books - September 21st, 2021

FINALIST FOR THE NYPL HELEN BERNSTEIN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM, THE LUKAS BOOK PRIZE, AND THE ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE

2022 NAUTILUS BOOK AWARD SILVER MEDAL * AMERICAN SOCIETY OF JOURNALISTS AND AUTHORS HONORABLE MENTION IN GENERAL NONFICTION

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM, AARP, GREATER GOOD, AND INC.


A World Without Police: How Strong Communities Make Cops Obsolete By Geo Maher Cover Image
$24.26
ISBN: 9781839760051
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Published: Verso - August 24th, 2021

If police are the problem, what’s the solution?


Not
$25.16
ISBN: 9780807036297
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Published: Beacon Press - August 24th, 2021

Debunks the pervasive and self-congratulatory myth that our country is proudly founded by and for immigrants, and urges readers to embrace a more complex and honest history of the United States


Presumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered the Police and Subverted Civil Rights By Erwin Chemerinsky Cover Image
$25.16
ISBN: 9781631496516
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Published: Liveright - August 24th, 2021

New York Times Book Review • Editors’ Choice


The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson By Robert S. Levine Cover Image
$24.26
ISBN: 9781324004752
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 24th, 2021

Robert S. Levine foregrounds the viewpoints of Black Americans on Reconstruction in his absorbing account of the struggle between the great orator Frederick Douglass and President Andrew Johnson.


Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power - Updated and Revised: Interracial Solidarity in 1960s-70s New Left Organizing By Amy Sonnie, James Tracy, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Introduction by) Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9781612199412
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Published: Melville House - August 17th, 2021

UPDATED AND REVISED EDITION
 
THE LITTLE-KNOWN STORY OF POOR AND WORKING-CLASS WHITES, URBAN ETHNIC GROUPS AND BLACK PANTHERS ORGANIZING SIDE BY SIDE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE 1960S AND '70S


Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness By Da'Shaun L. Harrison, Kiese Laymon (Foreword by) Cover Image
$13.46
ISBN: 9781623175979
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Published: North Atlantic Books - August 10th, 2021

**The 2022 Lammy Award Winner in Transgender Nonfiction**
Exploring the intersections of Blackness, gender, fatness, health, and the violence of policing.


Conversations with Angela Davis (Literary Conversations) By Sharon Lynette Jones Cover Image
$22.50
ISBN: 9781496829580
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - July 14th, 2021

When Angela Davis (b. 1944) was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list in 1970 and after she successfully gained acquittal in the 1972 trial that garnered national and international attention, she became one of the most recognizable and iconic figures in the twentieth century.


Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own By Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780525575337
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Published: Crown - July 27th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A powerful study of how to bear witness in a moment when America is being called to do the same.”—Time
 
James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. What can we learn from his struggle in our own moment?


The Essential Kerner Commission Report By Jelani Cobb (Editor), Matthew Guariglia (Editor), Jelani Cobb (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Jelani Cobb (Editor), Matthew Guariglia (Editor), Jelani Cobb (Introduction by)
$16.16
ISBN: 9781631498923
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Published: Liveright - July 27th, 2021

Recognizing that an historic study of American racism and police violence should become part of today’s canon, Jelani Cobb contextualizes it for a new generation.


The Abolition of Prison By Jacques Lesage de la Haye, Scott Branson (Translator) Cover Image
$12.60
ISBN: 9781849354202
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Published: AK Press - July 13th, 2021

The Abolition of Prison provides a reflection from a longtime prison abolitionist, psychoanalyst, and former prisoner on the history, theory, and practice of anti-prison activism in France and globally over the last fifty years. This book powerfully makes the case for the end of prisons, punishment, and guilt and, instead, suggests we work towards social change, care, collectivity.


Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen: The Emotional Lives of Black Women By Inger Burnett-Zeigler Cover Image
$22.49
ISBN: 9780062959829
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Published: Amistad - June 29th, 2021

Black women are beautiful, intelligent and capable —but mostly they embrace strong. Esteemed clinical psychologist, Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler, praises the strength of women, while exploring how trauma and adversity have led to deep emotional pain and shaped how they walk through the world. 


Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm By Dr. Robin DiAngelo Cover Image
$22.46
ISBN: 9780807074121
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Published: Beacon Press - June 29th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Building on the groundwork laid in the New York Times bestseller White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo explores how a culture of niceness inadvertently promotes racism.


Above the Law: How
$11.70
ISBN: 9781682192573
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Published: OR Books - June 15th, 2021

- A police officer kills a twelve-year-old boy. It's caught on video. The officer gets off.
- A police officer strangles a man selling cigarettes. It's caught on video. The officer gets off.
- A police officer shoots a man in his car. It's live-streamed. The officer gets off.


Intersectional Class Struggle: Theory and Practice By Michael Beyea Reagan Cover Image
$16.20
ISBN: 9781849354127
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Published: AK Press - June 22nd, 2021

How to think about class, race, and sex at the same time.


All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake By Tiya Miles Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9781984854995
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Published: Random House - June 8th, 2021

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A renowned historian traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations of Black women to craft a “deeply layered and insightful” (The Washington Post) testament to people who are left out of the archives.
 


Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts By Rebecca Hall, Hugo Martínez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rebecca Hall, Hugo Martínez (Illustrator)
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982115180
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 1st, 2021

A Best Book of 2021 by NPR and The Washington Post

Part graphic novel, part memoir, Wake is an imaginative tour-de-force that tells the “powerful” (The New York Times Book Review) story of women-led slave revolts and chronicles scholar Rebecca Hall’s efforts to uncover the truth about these women warriors who, until now, have been left out o


A True History of the United States: Indigenous Genocide, Racialized Slavery, Hyper-Capitalism, Militarist Imperialism and Other Overlooked Aspects of American Exceptionalism (Truth to Power) By Daniel Sjursen Cover Image
$17.96
ISBN: 9781586422530
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Published: Steerforth Press / Truth to Power - June 1st, 2021

“Thought-provoking—a must read for [everyone] seeking a firm grasp of accurate American history."  —Kirkus (starred review)


From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation (Expanded Second Edition) By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Angela Y. Davis (Foreword by) Cover Image
$17.96
ISBN: 9781642594553
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Published: Haymarket Books - June 1st, 2021

The eruption of mass protests in the wake of the police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City have challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against Black people and punctured the illusion of a postracial America. The Black Lives Matter movement has awakened a new generation of activists.


How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America By Clint Smith Cover Image
$26.10
ISBN: 9780316492935
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 1st, 2021

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction


Winner of the Stowe Prize

Winner of 2022 Hillman Prize for Book Journalism


PEN America 2022 John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction Finalist

A New York Times 10 Best Books of 2021

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Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court By Orville Vernon Burton, Armand Derfner Cover Image
$31.50
ISBN: 9780674975644
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Published: Belknap Press - May 31st, 2021

In the first comprehensive accounting of the US Supreme Court's race-related jurisprudence, a distinguished historian and renowned civil rights lawyer scrutinize a legacy too often blighted by racial injustice.


America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s By Elizabeth Hinton Cover Image
$26.96
ISBN: 9781631498909
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Published: Liveright - May 18th, 2021

A New York Times Notable Book
Best Books of 2021: TIME, Smithsonian
New York Times Book Review • Editors' Choice


On Juneteenth By Annette Gordon-Reed Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9781631498831
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Published: Liveright - May 4th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES • 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2021
New York Times • Times Critics Top Books of 2021
New York Times Bestseller


Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women's Digital Resistance (Intersections #18) By Moya Bailey Cover Image
$29.40
ISBN: 9781479865109
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Published: New York University Press - May 25th, 2021

Where racism and sexism meet--an understanding of anti-Black misogyny


The Nation Must Awake: My Witness to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 By Mary E. Jones Parrish, Anneliese M. Bruner (Afterword by), John Hope Franklin (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Mary E. Jones Parrish, Anneliese M. Bruner (Afterword by), John Hope Franklin (Introduction by)
$15.26
ISBN: 9781595349439
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Published: Trinity University Press - May 25th, 2021

Mary Parrish was reading in her home when the Tulsa race massacre began on the evening of May 31, 1921. Parrish's daughter, Florence Mary, called the young journalist and teacher to the window. "Mother," she said, "I see men with guns."


The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America By Joshua D. Rothman Cover Image
$31.50
ISBN: 9781541616615
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Published: Basic Books - April 20th, 2021

An award-winning historian reveals the harrowing forgotten story of America's internal slave trade—and its role in the making of America.

Slave traders are peripheral figures in most histories of American slavery.


Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist's Freedom Song By Marlon Peterson Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9781645036517
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Published: Bold Type Books - April 13th, 2021

From a leading prison abolitionist, a moving memoir about coming of age in Brooklyn and surviving incarceration—and a call to break free from all the cages that confine us.
 
Marlon Peterson grew up in 1980s Crown Heights, raised by Trinidadian immigrants.


We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy By Natalie Baszile Cover Image
$35.99
ISBN: 9780062932563
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Published: Amistad - April 6th, 2021

A WALL STREET JOURNAL FAVORITE FOOD BOOK OF THE EAR

From the author of Queen Sugar—now a critically acclaimed series on OWN directed by Ava Duvernay—comes a beautiful exploration and celebration of black farming in America. 


“Prisons Make Us Safer”: And 20 Other Myths about Mass Incarceration (Myths Made in America) By Victoria Law Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780807029527
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Published: Beacon Press - April 6th, 2021

An accessible guide for activists, educators, and all who are interested in understanding how the prison system oppresses communities and harms individuals.


Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation By Adrienne Maree Brown Cover Image
$13.50
ISBN: 9781849354189
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Published: AK Press - May 25th, 2021

In our complex world, facilitation and mediation skills are as important for individuals as they are for organizations. How do we practice them in ways that align with nature, with pleasure, with our best imagining of our future? How do we attend to generating the ease necessary to help us move through the inevitable struggles of life?


Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership (Justice) By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781469663883
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - April 1st, 2021

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
FINALIST, 2020 PULITZER PRIZE IN HISTORY


Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction By Kate Masur Cover Image
$28.80
ISBN: 9781324005933
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 23rd, 2021

Finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in History
Finalist for the 2022 Lincoln Prize
Winner of the 2022 John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History
One of NPR's Best Books of 2021 and a New York Times Critics' Top Book of 2021


The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans--and How We Can Fix It By Dorothy A. Brown Cover Image
$24.30
ISBN: 9780525577324
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Published: Crown - March 23rd, 2021

A groundbreaking exposé of racism in the American taxation system from a law professor and expert on tax policy


A Black Women's History of the United States By Daina Ramey Berry, Kali Nicole Gross Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780807001998
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Published: Beacon Press - March 16th, 2021

2021 NAACP Image Award Nominee: Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

Honorable Mention for the 2021 Organization of American Historians Darlene Clark Hine Award


Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance By Mia Bay Cover Image
By Mia Bay
$31.50
ISBN: 9780674979963
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Published: Belknap Press - March 23rd, 2021

Winner of the Bancroft Prize
Winner of the David J. Langum Prize
Winner of the OAH Liberty Legacy Foundation Award
A New York Times Critics' Top Book of the Year


One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race By Yaba Blay Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780807073360
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Published: Beacon Press - February 16th, 2021

Challenges narrow perceptions of Blackness as both an identity and lived reality to understand the diversity of what it means to be Black in the US and around the world

What exactly is Blackness and what does it mean to be Black?
Is Blackness a matter of biology or consciousness?
Who determines who is Black and who is not?


Anti-Racist Ally: An Introduction to Activism and Action By Sophie Williams Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780063081352
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Published: Amistad - February 16th, 2021

Join the fight for racially marginalized people with this pocket-sized guide filled with practical insights from one of the leading voices of the movement for equality and founder of the @officialmillennialblack Instagram.


Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition By Schomburg Center (Editor), Michelle D. Commander (Editor), Michelle D. Commander (Introduction by), Kevin Young (Foreword by), Kevin Young (Series edited by) Cover Image
By Schomburg Center (Editor), Michelle D. Commander (Editor), Michelle D. Commander (Introduction by), Kevin Young (Foreword by), Kevin Young (Series edited by)
$19.80
ISBN: 9780143136088
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 16th, 2021

A new historical anthology from transatlantic slavery to the Reconstruction curated by the Schomburg Center, that makes the case for focusing on the histories of Black people as agents and architects of their own lives and ultimate liberation, with a foreword by Kevin Young


The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together By Heather McGhee Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9780525509561
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Published: One World - February 16th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.


How to Be an Antiracist By Ibram X. Kendi Cover Image
$24.30
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.


White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism By Dr. Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson (Foreword by) Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780807047415
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Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.


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Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents By Isabel Wilkerson Cover Image
$28.80
ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times


So You Want to Talk About Race By Ijeoma Oluo Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781580058827
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Published: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019

In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a revelatory examination of race in America

Protests against racial injustice and white supremacy have galvanized millions around the world. The stakes for transformative conversations about race could not be higher.


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Between the World and Me By Ta-Nehisi Coates Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF TIME’S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • ONE OF OPRAH’S “BOOKS THAT HELP ME THROUGH” • NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SPECIAL EVENT


Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements By Charlene Carruthers Cover Image
$13.46
ISBN: 9780807039823
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Published: Beacon Press - August 27th, 2019

A manifesto from one of America's most influential activists which disrupts political, economic, and social norms by reimagining the Black Radical Tradition.


When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir By Patrisse Cullors, asha bandele Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781250306906
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - January 14th, 2020

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.
New York Times Editor’s Pick.

Library Journal Best Books of 2019.
TIME Magazine's "Best Memoirs of 2018 So Far."
O, Oprah’s Magazine’s “10 Titles to Pick Up Now.”
Politics & Current Events 2018 O.W.L. Book Awards Winner
The Root Best of 2018


The End of Policing By Alex S. Vitale Cover Image
$16.16
ISBN: 9781784782924
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Published: Verso - August 28th, 2018

LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER


Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America By Ibram X. Kendi Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781568585987
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Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.


Are Prisons Obsolete? (Open Media Series) By Angela Y. Davis Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9781583225813
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Published: Seven Stories Press - August 5th, 2003

With her characteristic brilliance, grace and radical audacity, Angela Y. Davis has put the case for the latest abolition movement in American life: the abolition of the prison. As she quite correctly notes, American life is replete with abolition movements, and when they were engaged in these struggles, their chances of success seemed almost unthinkable.


Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)
$23.39
ISBN: 9781728209807
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Published: Sourcebooks - January 1st, 2020

The New York Times and USA Today bestseller This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness By Michelle Alexander Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9781620971932
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Published: New Press - January 7th, 2020

Named one of the most important nonfiction books of the 21st century by Entertainment Weekly' Slate' Chronicle of Higher Education' Literary Hub, Book Riot' and Zora


They Can't Kill Us All: The Story of the Struggle for Black Lives By Wesley Lowery Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9780316312493
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 12th, 2017

An indispensable work of journalism that “is electric, because it is so well reported” (Dwight Garner, New York Times) by Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Wesley Lowery that describes the earliest days of #blacklivesmatter and brings to life the quest for justice in the murders by police of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray as well as an intimate, moving portrait of


Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America By Jennifer Harvey, Tim Wise (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Jennifer Harvey, Tim Wise (Foreword by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781501878077
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Published: Abingdon Press - February 5th, 2019

This New York Times best-selling book is a guide for families, educators, and communities to raise their children to be able and active anti-racist allies.


The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) By James Baldwin Cover Image
$12.56
ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation, gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement—and still lights the way to understanding race in America today. 


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Citizen: An American Lyric By Claudia Rankine Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

* Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry *
* Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism * Winner of the NAACP Image Award * Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize * Winner of the PEN Open Book Award *

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:


Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets By Feminista Jones Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9780807055373
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Published: Beacon Press - January 29th, 2019

A treatise of Black women’s transformative influence in media and society, placing them front and center in a new chapter of mainstream resistance and political engagement


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Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement By Angela Y. Davis, Frank Barat (Editor), Cornel West (Preface by) Cover Image
By Angela Y. Davis, Frank Barat (Editor), Cornel West (Preface by)
$14.36
ISBN: 9781608465644
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Published: Haymarket Books - February 9th, 2016

In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world.


Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States By Alicia Garza (Foreword by), Maya Schenwar (Editor), Joe Macaré (Editor) Cover Image
By Alicia Garza (Foreword by), Maya Schenwar (Editor), Joe Macaré (Editor)
$16.20
ISBN: 9781608466122
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Published: Haymarket Books - June 21st, 2016

What is the reality of policing in the United States? Do the police keep anyone safe and secure other than the very wealthy? How do recent police killings of young black people in the United States fit into the historical and global context of anti-blackness?


Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter By Jordan T. Camp (Editor), Christina Heatherton (Editor) Cover Image
By Jordan T. Camp (Editor), Christina Heatherton (Editor)
$17.96
ISBN: 9781784783167
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Published: Verso - May 24th, 2016

How policing became the major political issue of our time


On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope By DeRay Mckesson Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780525560579
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Published: Penguin Books - September 3rd, 2019

"Hope and insight and empathy spring from every page. . . . [McKesson] stares down the faces of bigotry and unfreedom and cynicism and doesn't flinch in writing out our marching orders toward freedom." --Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist


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How Nonviolence Protects the State By Peter Gelderloos Cover Image
$10.80
ISBN: 9781948501019
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Published: Detritus Books - August 21st, 2018

Since the civil rights era, the doctrine of nonviolence has enjoyed near-universal acceptance by the US Left. Today protest is often shaped by cooperation with state authorities--even organizers of rallies against police brutality apply for police permits, and anti-imperialists usually stop short of supporting self-defense and armed resistance.


From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Cover Image
$16.16
ISBN: 9781608465620
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Published: Haymarket Books - February 23rd, 2016

Winner of the 2016 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize for an Especially Notable Book

"Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's searching examination of the social, political and economic dimensions of the prevailing racial order offers important context for understanding the necessity of the emerging movement for black liberation."
--Michelle Alexander


Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment By Angela J. Davis, Bryan Stevenson, Marc Mauer, Bruce Western, Jeremy Travis Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780525436614
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Published: Vintage - May 15th, 2018

A comprehensive, readable analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, this thought-provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation’s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars.


Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (American Crossroads #21) By Ruth Wilson Gilmore Cover Image
$34.74
ISBN: 9780520242012
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Published: University of California Press - January 8th, 2007

Since 1980, the number of people in U.S. prisons has increased more than 450%.


The Autobiography of Malcolm X By MALCOLM X, Alex Haley (With) Cover Image
By MALCOLM X, Alex Haley (With)
$17.10
ISBN: 9780345376718
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 15th, 1992

ONE OF TIME’S TEN MOST IMPORTANT NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY


Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption By Bryan Stevenson Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.


Assata: An Autobiography By Assata Shakur, Angela Davis (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Assata Shakur, Angela Davis (Foreword by)
$17.06
ISBN: 9781556520747
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Published: Lawrence Hill Books - November 1st, 1999

On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J.


I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness By Austin Channing Brown Cover Image
$22.50
ISBN: 9781524760854
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Published: Convergent Books - May 15th, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK • From a leading voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female that exposes how white America’s love affair with “diversity” so often falls short of its ideals.


The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America By Richard Rothstein Cover Image
$16.16
ISBN: 9781631494536
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Published: Liveright - May 1st, 2018

New York Times Bestseller • Notable Book of the Year • Editors' Choice Selection
One of Bill Gates’ “Amazing Books” of the Year
One of Publishers Weekly’s 10 Best Books of the Year
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction
An NPR Best Book of the Year
Winner of the Hillman Prize for Nonfiction


Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race By Reni Eddo-Lodge Cover Image
$16.20
ISBN: 9781635572957
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 5th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"This is a book that was begging to be written. This is the kind of book that demands a future where well no longer need such a book. Essential." --Marlon James

The most important book for me this year. --Emma Watson

Selected by Emma Watson as the Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick for January/February 2018


White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide By Carol Anderson Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9781632864130
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 5th, 2017

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2016
A Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016


Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side By Eve L. Ewing Cover Image
$20.25
ISBN: 9780226526027
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 5th, 2018

“Failing schools. Underprivileged schools. Just plain bad schools.”
 
That’s how Eve L. Ewing opens Ghosts in the Schoolyard: describing Chicago Public Schools from the outside.


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1919 By Eve L. Ewing Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9781608465989
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Published: Haymarket Books - June 11th, 2019

NPR Best Books of 2019
Chicago Tribune Best Books of 2019

Chicago Review of Books Best Poetry Book of 2019
O Magazine Best Books by Women of Summer 2019
The Millions Must-Read Poetry of June 2019
LitHub Most Anticipated Reads of Summer 2019


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning By Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

The crucial, empowering, #1 New York Times bestselling exploration of racism—and antiracism—in America.
This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.


The Hate U Give Collector's Edition By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by)
$18.89
ISBN: 9780062872340
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 4th, 2018

This collector’s edition of the acclaimed, award-winning novel contains a letter from the author, the meanings behind the names in the book, a map of Garden Heights, fan art, the full, original story that inspired the book, and an excerpt from On the Come Up.


All American Boys By Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely Cover Image
$11.69
ISBN: 9781481463348
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature.


The Day You Begin By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$17.09
ISBN: 9780399246531
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!


Hair Love By Matthew A. Cherry, Vashti Harrison (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9780525553366
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Published: Kokila - May 14th, 2019

A New York Times Bestseller and tie-in to Academy-Award Winning Short Film "Hair Love"
 
"I love that Hair Love is highlighting the relationship between a Black father and daughter. Matthew leads the ranks of new creatives who are telling unique stories of the Black experience. We need this."


Let's Talk About Race By Julius Lester, Karen Barbour (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julius Lester, Karen Barbour (Illustrator)
$7.19
ISBN: 9780064462266
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Published: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2008

"This wonderful book should be a first choice for all collections and is strongly recommended as a springboard for discussions about differences.” —School Library Journal (starred review)


This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work (Empower the Future #1) By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
$13.49
ISBN: 9780711245211
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-7 business days
Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Recommended by Oprah's Book Club, ESSENCE, We Need Diverse Books, ellentube, Brit + Co, PureWow, Teen Vogue, Time, New York, USA TODAY, and TODAY.com

Also available: This Book Is Anti-Racist Journal, a guided journal with more than 50 activities to support your anti-racism journey


Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation By Duncan Tonatiuh Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419710544
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - May 6th, 2014

Seven years before Brown v. Board of Education, the Mendez family fought to end segregation in California schools. Discover their incredible story in this picture book from award-winning creator Duncan Tonatiuh

A Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book and Robert F.


Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice By Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, Ann Hazzard Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781433828546
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Published: Magination Press - March 1st, 2018

Now A Minneapolis Children's Theatre Company Original World Premiere Production
A NEW YORK TIMES AND #1 INDIEBOUND BEST SELLER
American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom's Top 10 Most Challenged Books
A Little Free Library Action Book Club Selection
National Parenting Product Award Winner (NAPPA)


The Undefeated By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9781328780966
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

Winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal
A 2020 Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree.

Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black


Last Stop on Market Street By Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9780399257742
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015

#1 New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
Winner of the Newbery Medal
A Caldecott Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
 


Antiracist Baby Board Book By Ibram X. Kendi, Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.09
ISBN: 9780593110416
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Published: Kokila - June 16th, 2020

A #1 New York Times Bestseller!

From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist comes a fresh new board book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves.


A is for Activist By Innosanto Nagara Cover Image
$10.76
ISBN: 9781609805395
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Published: Triangle Square - November 19th, 2013

One of NPR's Top 100 Book for Young Readers 

“Reading it is almost like reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, but for two-year olds—full of pictures and rhymes and a little cat to find on every page that will delight the curious toddler and parents alike.”—Occupy Wall Street



Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights By Mikki Kendall, A. D'Amico (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mikki Kendall, A. D'Amico (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399581793
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Published: Ten Speed Press - November 5th, 2019

A bold and gripping graphic history of the fight for women’s rights by the New York Times bestselling author of Hood Feminism


Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty By Dorothy Roberts Cover Image
$16.20
ISBN: 9780679758693
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Published: Vintage - December 29th, 1998

Killing the Black Body remains a rallying cry for education, awareness, and action on extending reproductive justice to all women. It is as crucial as ever, even two decades after its original publication.
 


Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower By Brittney Cooper Cover Image
$16.20
ISBN: 9781250112880
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Published: Picador - March 5th, 2019

NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An Emma Watson "Our Shared Shelf" Selection for November/December 2018 • NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2018/ MENTIONED BY: The New York Public Library Mashable • The Atlantic Bustle The Root • Politico Magazine ("What the 2020 Candidates Are Reading


Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race By Beverly Daniel Tatum Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9780465060689
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Published: Basic Books - September 5th, 2017

The classic, New York Times-bestselling book on the psychology of racism that shows us how to talk about race in America.

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy?


Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? (City Lights Open Media) By Mumia Abu-Jamal Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9780872867383
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Published: City Lights Books - July 4th, 2017

A must-read for anyone interested in social justice and inequalities, social movements, the criminal justice system, and African American history. An excellent companion to Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow and Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th.--Library Journal, Starred review


Stay Woke: A People's Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter By Tehama Lopez Bunyasi, Candis Watts Smith Cover Image
$17.06
ISBN: 9781479836482
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Published: New York University Press - September 24th, 2019

The essential guide to understanding how racism works and how racial inequality shapes black lives, ultimately offering a road-map for resistance for racial justice advocates and antiracists


Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces By Radley Balko Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9781610394574
Availability: Backordered at least 2 weeks or possibly unavailable.
Published: PublicAffairs - August 26th, 2014

Now updated with new material, the groundbreaking history of how police forces have become militarized, both in equipment and mindset, and what that means for American democracy.


Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America By W. Caleb McDaniel Cover Image
$25.16
ISBN: 9780190846992
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 4th, 2019

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History

The unforgettable saga of one enslaved woman's fight for justice--and reparations


As Black as Resistance: Finding the Conditions for Liberation By William C. Anderson, Mariame Kaba (Foreword by), Zoé Samudzi Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9781849353168
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Published: AK Press - June 5th, 2018

Both theoretical and pragmatic, this refreshingly savvy book charts a course for the Black Lives Matter generation.


How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America By Kiese Laymon Cover Image
$13.50
ISBN: 9781932841770
Availability: Backordered at least 2 weeks or possibly unavailable.
Published: Agate Bolden - August 13th, 2013

Author and essayist Kiese Laymon is one of the most unique, stirring, and powerful new voices in American writing. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America is a collection of his essays, touching on subjects ranging from family, race, violence, and celebrity to music, writing, and coming of age in Mississippi.


Police: A Field Guide By David Correia, Tyler Wall Cover Image
$17.96
ISBN: 9781786630148
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Published: Verso - March 13th, 2018

It doesn’t take firsthand experience to learn the meaning of “pain compliance” or “rough ride”


Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law By James Q. Whitman Cover Image
$13.46
ISBN: 9780691183060
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Published: Princeton University Press - September 4th, 2018

How American race law provided a blueprint for Nazi Germany


The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism By Edward E. Baptist Cover Image
$19.79
ISBN: 9780465049660
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-7 business days
Published: Basic Books - October 25th, 2016

A groundbreaking history demonstrating that America's economic supremacy was built on the backs of enslaved people

Winner of the 2015 Avery O.


Capitalism and Slavery By Eric Williams Cover Image
$38.50
ISBN: 9780807844885
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - October 14th, 1994

Slavery helped finance the Industrial Revolution in England. Plantation owners, shipbuilders, and merchants connected with the slave trade accumulated vast fortunes that established banks and heavy industry in Europe and expanded the reach of capitalism worldwide. Eric Williams advanced these powerful ideas in Capitalism and Slavery, published in 1944.


Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership (Justice) By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Cover Image
$29.25
ISBN: 9781469653662
Availability: Backordered. Will not ship for 2 weeks or longer.
Published: University of North Carolina Press - October 21st, 2019

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
FINALIST, 2020 PULITZER PRIZE IN HISTORY


Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism By Safiya Umoja Noble Cover Image
$32.20
ISBN: 9781479837243
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: New York University Press - February 20th, 2018

A revealing look at how negative biases against women of color are embedded in search engine results and algorithms


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Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches By Audre Lorde, Cheryl Clarke (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Cheryl Clarke (Foreword by)
$15.29
ISBN: 9781580911863
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Crossing Press - August 1st, 2007

Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature.

“[Lorde's] works will be important to those truly interested in growing up sensitive, intelligent, and aware.”—The New York Times 


Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America By Peniel E. Joseph Cover Image
$19.79
ISBN: 9780805083354
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - July 10th, 2007

"Once in a while a book comes along that projects the spirit of an era; this is one of them . . . Vibrant and expressive . . . A well-researched and well-written work." —The Philadelphia Inquirer


killing rage: Ending Racism By bell hooks Cover Image
$17.10
ISBN: 9780805050271
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - October 15th, 1996

“hooks’s books help us not only to decolonize our minds, souls, and bodies; on a deeper level, they touch our lives.” —Cornel West


They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South By Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers Cover Image
$16.20
ISBN: 9780300251838
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Published: Yale University Press - January 7th, 2020

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History: a bold and searing investigation into the role of white women in the American slave economy
 
“Stunning.”—Rebecca Onion, Slate
 
“Makes a vital contribution to our understanding of our past and present.”—Parul Sehgal, New York Time


Black Power: Politics of Liberation in America By Charles V. Hamilton, Kwame Ture Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9780679743132
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Published: Vintage - November 10th, 1992

An eloquent document of the civil rights movement that remains a work of profound social relevance 50 years after it was first published.


A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story By Elaine Brown Cover Image
$17.06
ISBN: 9780385471077
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Published: Anchor - December 1st, 1993

"Profound, funny ...  wild and moving ... heartbreaking accounts of a lonely black childhood.... Brown sees racial oppression in national and global context; every political word she writes pounds home a lesson about commerce, money, racism, communism, you name it ... A glowing achievement.” —Los Angeles Times


Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color By Andrea Ritchie, Angela Y. Davis (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Andrea Ritchie, Angela Y. Davis (Foreword by)
$18.90
ISBN: 9780807088982
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-7 business days
Published: Beacon Press - August 1st, 2017

“A passionate, incisive critique of the many ways in which women and girls of color are systematically erased or marginalized in discussions of police violence.” —Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow


Afropessimism By Frank B. Wilderson, III Cover Image
$26.96
ISBN: 9781631496141
Availability: Backordered at least 2 weeks or possibly unavailable.
Published: Liveright - April 7th, 2020

Longlisted • National Book Award (Nonfiction)


The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, with a New Preface By Khalil Gibran Muhammad Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9780674238145
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Harvard University Press - July 22nd, 2019

How did we come to think of race as synonymous with crime? A brilliant and deeply disturbing biography of the idea of black criminality in the making of modern urban America, The Condemnation of Blackness reveals the influence this pernicious myth, rooted in crime statistics, has had on our society and our sense of self.


We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement By Akinyele Omowale Umoja Cover Image
$31.05
ISBN: 9781479886036
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: New York University Press - August 22nd, 2014

Winner of the 2014 Anna Julia Cooper-CLR James Book Award presented by the National Council of Black Studies

Winner of the 2014 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature

A bold and exciting historical narrative of the armed resistance of Black soldiers of the Mississippi Freedom Movement


The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism By Jemar Tisby Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780310113607
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Published: Zondervan - January 7th, 2020

A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller

An acclaimed, timely narrative of how people of faith have historically--up to the present day--worked against racial justice. And a call for urgent action by all Christians today in response.


Blood and Money: War, Slavery, Finance, and Empire By David McNally Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781642591330
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Published: Haymarket Books - April 28th, 2020

In most accounts of the origins of money we are offered pleasant tales in which it arises to the mutual benefit of all parties as a result of barter. In this groundbreaking study David McNally reveals the true story of money's origins and development as one of violence and human bondage.


Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District By Hannibal B. Johnson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781934645383
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Published: Eakin Press - August 1st, 2007

Early in the twentieth century, the black community in Tulsa- the "Greenwood District"- became a nationally renowned entrepreneurial center. Frequently referred to as "The Black Wall Street of America," the Greenwood District attracted pioneers from all over America who sought new opportunities and fresh challenges. Legal segregation forced blacks to do business among themselves.


Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice That Restores By Dominique DuBois Gilliard Cover Image
$17.10
ISBN: 9780830845293
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Published: IVP Books - February 6th, 2018

IVP Readers' Choice Award
Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year


This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible By Charles E. Cobb Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780822361237
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Published: Duke University Press - December 4th, 2015

Visiting Martin Luther King Jr. during the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott, journalist William Worthy almost sat on a loaded pistol. "Just for self-defense," King assured him.


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The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther By Jeffrey Haas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781641603218
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Published: Lawrence Hill Books - November 5th, 2019

Read the story behind the award-winning film Judas and the Black Messiah

On December 4, 1969, attorney Jeff Haas was in a police lockup in Chicago, interviewing Fred Hampton’s fiancée.


The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution By C.L.R. James Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679724674
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Published: Vintage - October 23rd, 1989

A classic and impassioned account of the Haitian Revolution—the first revolution in the Third World and the model for the liberation movements from Africa to Cuba. 

“One of the seminal texts about the history of slavery and abolition. . . . Provocative and empowering.” –The New York Times Book Review


Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race By Debby Irving Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780991331307
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Published: Elephant Room Press - January 9th, 2014

For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction.


What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays By Damon Young Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062684318
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Published: Ecco - January 14th, 2020

A Finalist for the NAACP Image Award

A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction

A Finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor

Longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

An NPR Best Book of the Year


Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook By Christopher Noxon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419732355
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Published: Abrams - January 8th, 2019

Good Trouble is the helpful antidote to all the pessimism and name-calling that is permeating today’s political and social dialogues. Revisiting episodes from the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, it highlights the essential lessons that modern-day activists and the civically minded can extract and embrace in order to move forward and create change.


The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501126352
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Published: Scribner - June 20th, 2017

The New York Times bestseller, these groundbreaking essays and poems about race—collected by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward and written by the most important voices of her generation—are “thoughtful, searing, and at times, hopeful.


No Fascist Usa!: The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today's Movements (City Lights Open Media) By Hilary Moore, James Tracy, Robin D. G. Kelley (Foreword by) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780872867963
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Published: City Lights Books - January 28th, 2020

The story of how a national grassroots network fought a resurgence of the KKK and other fascist groups during the Reagan years, laying the groundwork for today's anti-fascist/anti-racist movements.

Smash fascism Read this book --Tom Morello, songwriter and guitarist with Rage Against the Machine


Full Spectrum Resistance, Volume One: Building Movements and Fighting to Win By Aric McBay Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609809119
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Published: Seven Stories Press - May 28th, 2019

A guide to direct action for those disillusioned with the posturing of liberal “activism.”

The radical left is losing, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here is the radical’s guide to activist work—the manual we need at this crucial moment to organize for universal human rights, a habitable earth, and a more egalitarian society. 


Full Spectrum Resistance, Volume Two: Actions and Strategies for Change By Aric McBay Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609809287
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Published: Seven Stories Press - May 28th, 2019

A guide to direct action for those disillusioned with the posturing of liberal “activism.”

The radical left is losing, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here is the radical’s guide to activist work—the manual we need at this crucial moment to organize for universal human rights, a habitable earth, and a more egalitarian society. 


Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition By Cedric J. Robinson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807848296
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - January 24th, 2000

In this ambitious work, first published in 1983, Cedric Robinson demonstrates that efforts to understand black people's history of resistance solely through the prism of Marxist theory are incomplete and inaccurate. Marxist analyses tend to presuppose European models of history and experience that downplay the significance of black people and black communities as agents of change and resistance.


We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom By Bettina Love Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780807028346
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Published: Beacon Press - February 4th, 2020

Winner of the 2020 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award

Drawing on personal stories, research, and historical events, an esteemed educator offers a vision of educational justice inspired by the rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists.


Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power (Justice) By Simon Balto Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781469659176
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - February 1st, 2020

In July 1919, an explosive race riot forever changed Chicago. For years, black southerners had been leaving the South as part of the Great Migration. Their arrival in Chicago drew the ire and scorn of many local whites, including members of the city's political leadership and police department, who generally sympathized with white Chicagoans and viewed black migrants as a problem population.


Back to Black: Black Radicalism for the 21st Century By Kehinde Andrews Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781786992772
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Published: Zed Books - October 25th, 2019

The Black Lives Matter movement reinvigorated Black political movements around the globe. People who never thought of themselves as activists are on the march, while groups that struggled to be heard are finding themselves with a megaphone and an audience. But with this renewed energy also comes renewed questions: How far have we really come?


Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete By William C. Rhoden Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307353146
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Published: Crown - July 24th, 2007

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “An explosive and absorbing discussion of race, politics, and the history of American sports.”—Ebony
 


Necropolitics By Achille Mbembe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781478006510
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Published: Duke University Press - October 25th, 2019

In Necropolitics Achille Mbembe, a leader in the new wave of francophone critical theory, theorizes the genealogy of the contemporary world, a world plagued by ever-increasing inequality, militarization, enmity, and terror as well as by a resurgence of racist, fascist, and nationalist forces determined to exclude and kill.


Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms By Maya Schenwar, Victoria Law, Michelle Alexander (Foreword by) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620973103
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Published: New Press - July 21st, 2020

A crucial indictment of widely embraced alternatives to incarceration that exposes how many of these new approaches actually widen the net of punishment and surveillance

But what does it mean--really--to celebrate reforms that convert your home into your prison?
--Michelle Alexander, from the foreword


The Underground Railroad Records: Narrating the Hardships, Hairbreadth Escapes, and Death Struggles of Slaves in Their Efforts for Freedom By William Still, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Introduction by), Quincy T. Mills (Editor) Cover Image
By William Still, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Introduction by), Quincy T. Mills (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781984855053
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Published: Modern Library - September 24th, 2019

A riveting collection of the hardships, hairbreadth escapes, and mortal struggles of enslaved people seeking freedom: These are the true stories of the Underground Railroad.

Featuring a powerful introduction by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Tacky's Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War By Vincent Brown Cover Image
$31.50
ISBN: 9780674737570
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Published: Belknap Press - January 14th, 2020

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
Winner of the Frederick Douglass Book Prize
Winner of the Elsa Goveia Book Prize
Winner of the James A. Rawley Prize in the History of Race Relations
Winner of the P. Sterling Stuckey Book Prize
Winner of the Harriet Tubman Prize
Winner of the Phillis Wheatley Book Award
Finalist for the Cundill Prize