A Black Lives Matter Reading List

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How to Be an Antiracist 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 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.


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

In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America


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Between the World and Me 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
 


Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements 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 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 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 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) 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 Cover Image
By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)
$23.39
ISBN: 9781728209807
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Published: Sourcebooks - January 28th, 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 t


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness 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 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 Cover Image
$17.09
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) Cover Image
$12.56
ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

"Basically the finest essay I’ve ever read. . . . Baldwin refused to hold anyone’s hand. He was both direct and beautiful all at once. He did not seem to write to convince you. He wrote beyond you.” --Ta-Nehisi Coates
 


Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Cover Image
$24.30
ISBN: 9780525575320
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Published: Crown - June 30th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. In our own moment, when that confrontation feels more urgently needed than ever, what can we learn from his struggle?
 


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Citizen: An American Lyric 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 Cover Image
$13.46
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Cover Image
$14.40
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) 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 Cover Image
By MALCOLM X, Alex Haley (With)
$16.20
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 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 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 Cover Image
$22.50
ISBN: 9781524760854
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Published: Convergent Books - May 15th, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB X HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK 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 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
Gold Winner • California Book Award (Nonfi


Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race 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 we’ll 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 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 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.


1919 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 Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller!

A timely, crucial, and empowering 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.


The Hate U Give Collector's Edition Cover Image
$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 Cover Image
$10.79
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 Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$17.09
ISBN: 9780399246531
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!


Hair Love Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9780525553366
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Published: Kokila - May 14th, 2019

"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."
     - Jordan Peele, Actor & Filmmaker


Let's Talk About Race 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 Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
$13.49
ISBN: 9780711245211
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Featured by Oprah's Book Club on the Anti-Racist Books for Young Adults list curated by best-selling author Jacqueline Woodson

A USA TODAY Bestseller

Recommended by ESSENCE, We Need Diverse Books, ellentube, Brit + Co, PureWow, Teen Vogue, Time magazine, and New York


Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation Cover Image
$17.06
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 Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781433828546
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Published: Magination Press - March 1st, 2018

A NEW YORK TIMES AND #1 INDIEBOUND BEST SELLER

A Little Free Library Action Book Club Selection

National Parenting Product Award Winner (NAPPA)


The Undefeated 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 life


Last Stop on Market Street 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
USA Today Bestseller


Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal
A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015
A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2015


Antiracist Baby Board Book Cover Image
$8.09
ISBN: 9780593110416
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Published: Kokila - June 16th, 2020

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.

Take your first steps with Antiracist Baby! Or rather, follow Antiracist Baby's nine easy steps for building a more equitable world.


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

“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 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


Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780679758693
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Published: Vintage - December 29th, 1998

In 1997, this groundbreaking book made a powerful entrance into the national conversation on race. In a media landscape dominated by racially biased images of welfare queens and crack babies, Killing the Black Body exposed America’s systemic abuse of Black women’s bodies.


Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower 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 Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9780465060689
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Published: Basic Books - September 5th, 2017

The classic, bestselling book on the psychology of racism -- now fully revised and updated


Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? (City Lights Open Media) 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 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 Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9781610394574
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Published: PublicAffairs - August 26th, 2014

The last days of colonialism taught America's revolutionaries that soldiers in the streets bring conflict and tyranny. As a result, our country has generally worked to keep the military out of law enforcement. But according to investigative reporter Radley Balko, over the last several decades, America's cops have increasingly come to resemble ground troops.


Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America 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 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.


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How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America Cover Image
$13.50
ISBN: 9781932841770
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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 Cover Image
$17.96
ISBN: 9781786630148
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Published: Verso - March 13th, 2018

Radical glossary of the vocabulary of policing that redefines the very way we understand law enforcement

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 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 Cover Image
$19.79
ISBN: 9780465049660
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Published: Basic Books - October 25th, 2016

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


Capitalism and Slavery 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) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781469653662
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - October 21st, 2019

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD


Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism Cover Image
$32.20
ISBN: 9781479837243
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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 Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Cheryl Clarke (Foreword by)
$15.29
ISBN: 9781580911863
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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 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 Cover Image
$16.20
ISBN: 9780805050271
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - October 15th, 1996

One of our country's premier cultural and social critics, bell hooks has always maintained that eradicating racism and eradicating sexism must go hand in hand. But whereas many women have been recognized for their writing on gender politics, the female voice has been all but locked out of the public discourse on race.


They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South 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
 
“Compelling.”—Renee Graham, Boston Globe
 
“Stunning.”—Rebecca Onion, Slate
 
“Makes a vital contribution to our understanding of our past and present.”—Parul Sehgal, New York Times


Black Power: Politics of Liberation in America Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9780679743132
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Published: Vintage - November 10th, 1992

A revolutionary work since its publication, Black Power exposed the depths of systemic racism in this country and provided a radical political framework for reform: true and lasting social change would only be accomplished through unity among African-Americans and their independence from the preexisting order.


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

“A stunning picture of a black woman’s coming of age in America. Put it on the shelf beside The Autobiography of Malcolm X.” —Kirkus Reviews


Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color Cover Image
By Andrea Ritchie, Angela Y. Davis (Foreword by)
$18.90
ISBN: 9780807088982
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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 Cover Image
$26.96
ISBN: 9781631496141
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Published: Liveright - April 7th, 2020

Combining trenchant philosophy with lyrical memoir, Afropessimism is an unparalleled account of Blackness.


The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, with a New Preface Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9780674238145
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Published: Harvard University Press - July 22nd, 2019

Winner of the John Hope Franklin Prize
A Moyers & Company Best Book of the Year

"A brilliant work that tells us how directly the past has formed us."
--Darryl Pinckney, New York Review of Books


We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement Cover Image
$31.05
ISBN: 9781479886036
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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


The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism Cover Image
$17.99
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, and the State 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 Cover Image
$20.66
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 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780830845293
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Published: IVP Books - February 6th, 2018

  • 2018 IVP Readers' Choice Award
  • 16th Annual Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year - Social Issues/Justice
The United States has more people locked up in jails, prisons, and detention centers than any other country in the history of the world. Mass incarceration has become a lucrative industry, and the criminal justice system is plagued with bias and unjust practices.


This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible Cover Image
$29.84
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.


The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608468959
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Published: Haymarket Books - March 19th, 2019

With his colleagues at the People's Law Office (PLO), Taylor has argued landmark civil rights cases that have exposed corruption and cover-ups within the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and throughout the city's corrupt political machine.


The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9781641603218
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Published: Lawrence Hill Books - November 5th, 2019

On December 4, 1969, attorney Jeff Haas was in a police lockup in Chicago, interviewing Fred Hampton’s fiancée. She described how the police pulled her from the room as Fred lay unconscious on their bed. She heard one officer say, “He’s still alive.” She then heard two shots.


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

A classic and impassioned account of the first revolution in the Third World.


Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race 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 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

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 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 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501126352
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Published: Scribner - June 20th, 2017

A surprise 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) Cover Image
$15.26
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 Cover Image
$17.06
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 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 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 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) Cover Image
$32.95
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 Cover Image
$13.46
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 Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780307353146
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Published: Broadway Books - July 24th, 2007

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


Necropolitics Cover Image
$28.55
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 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