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anti racist reading list

A commitment to becoming anti-racist goes beyond non-racism; it requires you to actively educate yourself on racial inequities and take action in everyday life to dismantle oppressive power dynamics. We’ve compiled a list to get you started on this lifelong journey, from historical context to strategic planning for a more just society.



  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

  • Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett

  • The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz

  • Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

  • Between the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

  • Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston

  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Readers Edition by James W. Loewen

  • 1Sisters and a Brother by Marilyn Allman Maye

  • The Cure for Hate by Tony McAleer

  • Until We Reckon by Danielle Sered

  • Biddy Mason Speaks Up by Arisa White

  • Solitary by Albert Woodfox

  • Black Boy 75th anniversary ed by Richard Wright

  • Wilmington’s Lie by David Zucchino
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