The ongoing murders of Black lives at the hands of the police are just one example of how American society is still racially divided and unequal on almost every institutional level. If you are looking to educate yourself and your communities, the books and resources below center Black Americans in the story of American democracy, examine the flawed power structure that has shaped our country since its founding day, and share the ongoing actions we can collectively take to work towards liberation for Black Americans because Black Lives Matter.

RECOMMENDED READING FOR ADULTS

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Dr. Ibram X Kendi

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Slavery By Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison

Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison

Biased by Jennifer Eberhardt

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Light of Truth by Ida B. Wells

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

American Poison by Eduardo Porter

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Policing the Black Man by Angela J. Davis, Bryan Stevenson, Marc Mauer, Bruce Western and Jeremy Travis

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis

Heavy by Kiese Laymon

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Hellhound On His Trail by Hampton Sides

RECOMMENDED READING FOR KIDS

AntiRacist Baby by Dr. Ibram X Kendi, Illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky

We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates and Sesame Street, Illustrated by Joe Mathieu

That is My Dream! by Langston Hughes, Illustrated by Daniel Miyares

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o, Illustrated by Vashti Harrison

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by Rafael López

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson

Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama, Illustrated by Loren Long

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, Illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes, Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, Illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester, Illustrated by Karen Barbour

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Don’t Touch My Hair! by Sharee Miller

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Brave. Black. First. by Cheryl Hudson, Illustrated by Erin K. Robinson

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults) by Bryan Stevenson

Gordon Parks by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Jamey Christoph

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Malcolm Little by Ilyasah Shabazz, Illustrated by AG Ford

Let It Shine by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn

FILMS, SHOWS, AND DOCUMENTARIES

13th

If Beale Street Could Talk

I Am Not Your Negro

On The Record

Strong Island

When They See Us

Selma

ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke

Do the Right Thing

Malcolm X

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Dear White People

MORE ARTICLES AND ANTI-RACIST RESOURCES

The 1619 Project, edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones for The New York Times

How to Talk to Kids About Race: Books and Resources That Can Help, ReadBrightly.com

Resources for White Allies, Dismantle Collective

Anti-racism Resources for White People, compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice, Corinne Shutack (medium.com)

How Racism Invented Race in America, The Atlantic

Showing Up For Racial Justice’s Educational Toolkits, ShowingUpforRacialInjustice.org

Anti-Racism Project, antiracismproject.org

America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us, by Ta-Nehisi Coates forThe Atlantic

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