Books, Articles, and Other Writings


An Antiracist Reading List - Ibram X. Kendi on books to help America transcend its racist heritage.

An in-depth list of books on E&I's Read, Watch, Listen 

Racism in America - A Reader. Foreward by Annette Gordon-Reed. Harvard University Press

Dismantling Racism One Book at a Time. Fordham Press

Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List for Adults Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

14 Books for a More Inclusive Look at American History. Book Riot

8 Historical Books to Understand Current Social Justice Movements Book Riot

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi 

Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America 1619-2019 - Edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Caste. The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson 

The Warmth of Other Suns. The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

The Sum of Us - What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee

Racing to Justice. Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society by john a. powell

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Just Mercy. The Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Heavy. An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

Women Race & Class by Angela Davis

White Fragility. Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo 

Mediocre. The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Whistling Vivaldi. How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude M. Steele

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz 

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee. Native America From 1890 to the Present by David Treuer

Lakota America. A New History of Indigenous Power by Pekka Hamalainen

A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement by Ken Blansett

How We Go Home. Voices from Indigenous North America Edited by Sara Sinclair

The Making of Asian America. A History by Erika Lee

The Dead Are Arising. The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne and Tamara Payne

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification,” by David Waldstreicher

The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America,” by Gerald Horne

Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution,” by Jack N. Rakove

A Slaveholders’ Union: Slavery, Politics, and the Constitution in the Early American Republic,” by George William Van Cleve

The Framers’ Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution,” by Michael J. Klarman

The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763 to 1789,” by Robert Middlekauff

Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia,” by Woody Holton

Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789 to 1815,” by Gordon S. Wood

Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation,” by Nicholas Guyatt

The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution,” by Robert G. Parkinson

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution,” by Bernard Bailyn

The Radicalism of the American Revolution,” by Gordon S. Wood

Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World,” by Maya Jasanoff

Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787 to 1788,” by Pauline Maier

Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America,” by Linda K. Kerber

American Taxation, American Slavery,” by Robin L. Einhorn

Water From the Rock: Black Resistance in a Revolutionary Age,” by Sylvia R. Frey

The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788 to 1828,” by Saul Cornell

Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation,” edited by Alfred F. Young, Gary B. Nash and Ray Raphael

Articles and Other Writings

Reparations are gaining mainstream support, and are a solution(link is external)

Why Juneteenth is a celebration of hope(link is external)

5 things people still get wrong about slavery(link is external)

Ex-Slaves talk about Slavery in the USA(link is external)

Breaking Down The 1619 Project & History of Slavery in America w/ Nikole Hannah-Jones(link is external)

How the legacy of slavery affects the mental health of black Americans today(link is external)

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. How Is It Different From PTSD?(link is external)

The US medical system is still haunted by slavery(link is external)

Tulsa's Black Wall Street massacre(link is external)

Mass Incarceration: Envisioning A Moral Future, Featuring Michelle Alexander(link is external)

The Role Publishing Plays in the Commodification of Black Pain(link is external)

The Power of Black Lives Matter - How the movement that’s changing America was built and where it goes next(link is external)

The Great Fire(link is external) – Guest Edited by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Vanity Fair

Asians must be a part of our story, too(link is external) by john a. powell

Asian Americans Are Still Caught in the Trap of the ‘Model Minority’ Stereotype. And It Creates Inequality for All(link is external) by Viet Thannh Nguyen, Time Magazine

The Muddled History of Anti-Asian Violence (link is external)by Hua Hsu; The New Yorker 

The time James Baldwin told UC Berkeley that Black lives matter(link is external)  Ivan Natividad, Berkeley News

Colleges Must Take a New Approach to Systemic Racism(link is external). Inside Higher Ed

Don’t Rely on Black Faculty to Do the Antiracist Work(link is external). Inside Higher Ed

Combating Anti-Blackness in the AI Community(link is external) by Devin Guillory

The Case for Reparations(link is external) by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The Atlantic

Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge(link is external),” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Los Angeles Times

Allyship (& Accomplice): The What, Why, and How(link is external) by Michelle Kim | Medium (November 10, 2019)

We're in a moment of collective trauma. But there are glimmers of hope(link is external) by john a. powell | Othering & Belonging Institute (June 2, 2020)

“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?”(link is external) by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)

Letter From Oakland: Black Motherhood in Sleepless Times(link is external) by Idrissa Simmonds-Nastili. Literary Hub

The assumptions of white privilege and what we can do about it(link is external) by Bryan Massingale

To Dismantle Systemic Racism, White People Must Be Willing to Give Up Their Power(link is external) by Alicia Sheares 

103 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice(link is external) by Corinne Shutack (August 2017)

Don’t Talk about Implicit Bias Without Talking about Structural Racism (PDF)(link is external) (June 13, 2019 ) 

Colleges Must Take a New Approach to Systemic Racism(link is external) - Inside Higher Ed

5 Powerful Ways to take REAL Action on DEI(link is external). Center for Creative Leadership