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A Burst of Light: and Other Essays (Audre Lorde)
Winner of the 1988 Before Columbus Foundation National Book Award, this path-breaking collection of essays is a clarion call to build communities that nurture our spirit.
(Identity and Community) (Gender Justice)
Sister Citizen Shame, Stereortypes, and Black Women in America (Melissa Harris-Perry)
Not a traditional political science work concerned with office-seeking, voting, or ideology, Sister Citizen is an examination of how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing.
(Identity and Community)
So You Want to Talk about Race (Ijeoma Oluo)
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.
(Racial Justice)
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Ibram X. Kendi)
In this deeply researched narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti–Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Using the lives of five major American intellectuals, Kendi offers a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and anti-racists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W. E. B. Du Bois to legendary anti–prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading pro-slavery and pro–civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America.
(Racial Justice)
Focusing on post-Reconstruction racial segregation in the United States, the book provides a history of subsidized housing, the phenomenons of white flight and blockbusting, and the concept of racial covenants, which all factor into the history of housing segregation in America.
(Racial Justice)
The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide (Zerlina Maxwell)
The End of White Politics shows exactly how and why progressives can lean into identity politics, empowering marginalized groups, and uniting under a common vision that will benefit us all.
(Racial Justice)
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (Edward E. Baptist)
As historian Edward E. Baptist reveals in The Half Has Never Been Told, the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. In the span of a single lifetime, the South grew from a narrow coastal strip of worn-out tobacco plantations to a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy.
(Racial Justice)
The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart (Alicia Garza)
The Purpose of Power is Alicia Garza's personal story, her background, her experiences in organizing, leading, and activism in general, and the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement, but it is also the story of the utmost importance in organizing, participating, and actively working towards real change.
(Racial Justice)
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (Isabel Wilkerson)
Wilkerson compares the epic migration of Black Americans to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.
(Racial Justice)
The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans--and How We Can Fix (Dorothy Brown)
In The Whiteness of Wealth, Brown draws on decades of cross-disciplinary research to show that tax law isn’t as color-blind as she’d once believed. She takes us into her adopted city of Atlanta, introducing us to families across the economic spectrum whose stories demonstrate how American tax law rewards the preferences and practices of white people while pushing black people further behind.
(Racial Justice)