Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Special Publications

Fighting Racism with Knowledge


Now more than ever, we all need to come to a deeper place of understanding and unity. That means to never stop listening, learning, and teaching others the messages of the Black Lives Matter movement. These books allow everyone to understand what systemic racism is, how it started, how to talk about it, and how to fight it, and lift the voices of Black Americans.

The following is a list of books recommended by the staff of R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison and Breakwater Books in Guilford:


For Adults

American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise

By Eduardo Porter


The Autobiography of Malcolm X

By MALCOLM X, Alex Haley


Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

By Eddie S. Glaude


Between the World and Me

By Ta-Nehisi Coates


Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

By Jennifer L. Eberhardt


A Black Women's History of the United States

By Daina Ramey Berry, Kali Nicole Gross


Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

By Mahzarin R. Banaji, Anthony G. Greenwald


The Bluest Eye

By Toni Morrison


The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States

By Walter Johnson


Citizen: An American Lyric

By Claudia Rankine


The Color of Law: A Forgotten |History of How Our Government Segregated America

By Richard Rothstein


Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

By Gilbert King


The End of Policing

By Alex S. Vitale


Equality's Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America

By Deborah Diesen, Magdalena Mora (Illustrator)


The Fire Next Time

By James Baldwin


The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

By Jesmyn Ward


Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot

By Mikki Kendall


How to Be an Antiracist

By Ibram X. Kendi


Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

By Bryan Stevenson


Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

By James Forman, Jr.


Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)


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

By Michelle Alexander


The Nickel Boys: A Novel

By Colson Whitehead

2020 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction


Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America

By Jennifer Harvey


Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

By Audre Lorde


So You Want to Talk About Race

By Ijeoma Oluo


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

By Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi


Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

By Ibram X. Kendi


Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow

By Henry Louis Gates


Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

By Michael Eric Dyson


Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel

By Zora Neale Hurston


This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work

By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)


The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

By Isabel Wilkerson


Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

By Glory Edim


We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

By Ta-Nehisi Coates


White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

By Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson (Foreword by)


White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America

By Margaret A. Hagerman


White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

By Carol Anderson


Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race

By Beverly Daniel Tatum


Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

By Reni Eddo-Lodge


For Children

After the Shot Drops

By Randy Ribay


A is for Activist

By Innosanto Nagara


AntiRacist Baby

By Ibram X. Kendi, Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator)


Black Brother, Black Brother

By Jewell Parker Rhodes


Black Is a Rainbow Color

By Angela Joy, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)


Citizen Baby: My Vote

By Megan E. Bryant, Daniel Prosterman, Micah Player (Illustrator)


Clean Getaway

By Nic Stone


Equality's Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America

By Deborah Diesen, Magdalena Mora (Illustrator)


Genesis Begins Again

By Alicia D. Williams


Hair Love

by Matthew A. Cherry, Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)


I'm Not Dying with You Tonight

By Gilly Segal, Kimberly Jones


Kent State

By Deborah Wiles


Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)


My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich

By Ibi Zoboi


Stolen Justice: The Struggle for African American Voting Rights

By Lawrence Goldstone



By Lupita Nyong'o, Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)


The Undefeated

By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)


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