Reading Resources

Anti-Racism Reading Resources


"In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist; we must be anti-racist." -Angela Davis, Author/Activist

The College of Social Science is dedicated to creating an inclusive, supportive environment for all of our students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends. We stand in unwavering solidarity with the Black community, and accept our responsbility to advance anti-racist education. 

Anti-racism means combatting racism at an individual, community and systemic level. To get started, College and University leadership on diversity, equity and inclusion as well as social science students have compiled a list of reading material for those wanting to further understand American race relations and practice active anti-racism. 

The following books have been recommended:

  • The Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcom X and Alex Haley
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Biased by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
  • The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman
  • Blackhood Against the Police Power by Tryon P. Woods
  • Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition by Cedric J. Robinson
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry
  • Campus Counterspaces by Micere Keels
  • Campus Uprisings by Ty-Ron M.O. Douglas, Kmt G. Shockley, Ivory Toldson
  • Can We Talk About Race? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
  • The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
  • Critical Race Theory by Kimberle Crenshaw, Neil Gotanda, Gary Peller, Kendall Thomas
  • Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland by Johnathan M. Metzl
  • Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
  • Everyday Bias by Howard Ross
  • Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts
  • Female Monarchs and Merchant Queens in Africa by Nwando Achebe
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • Go Tell It on The Mountain by James Baldwin
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanaga-Yamahtta Taylor
  • Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts
  • Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
  • Making All Black Lives Matter by Barbara Ransby
  • Microaggressions and Marginality by Derald Wing Sue
  • My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem
  • The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain by Langston Hughes
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Race Matters by Cornel West
  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
  • The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison
  • Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • This is Not a Riot! by Tyesha Maddox, Dan Joslyn, Joan Flores-Villalobos and Kelly Goucher
  • Toxic Ivory Towers by Ruth Enid Zambrana
  • Waiting ‘til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America by Peniel E. Joseph
  • We Cast A Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
  • Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory Edim
  • West Indian Immigrants: A Black Success Story? By Suzanne Model
  • We Want to Do More Than Survive: Aboilitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Bettina Love
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • White Working Class by Joan Williams
  • Why Are the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge