Responding to Racism Reading and Resource Guide


ADULTS

Nonfiction

  • How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think and Do by Jennifer Eberhardt
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

Race & Faith

  • America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis 
  • The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby
  • The Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
  • Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully About Racism by Carolyn Helsel
  • Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland
  • Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison

Memoir

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

Fiction

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • Americanah by Chimamanda N’Gozi Adiche
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Articles

Podcasts

  • 1619 (New York Times)
  • Code Switch (NPR)
  • Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
  • Seeing White

Videos

Documentaries/Movies

  • Race: The Power of an Illusion
  • 13th
  • Just Mercy — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • Selma
  • The Hate U Give

PARENTS & FAMILIES

CHILDREN

  • Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi (kids and parents of all ages)
  • A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara (ages 3-7)
  • The Skin I’m in: A First Look at Racism by Pat Thomas (ages 4-8)
  • The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler (ages 4-8)
  • Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, et al. (ages 4-8)
  • You Matter by Christian Robinson (ages 4-8)
  • Brian the Brave by Paul Stewart (ages 3-12)
  • Race Cars: A Children’s Book about White Privilege by Jenny Devenney (ages 3-10)
  • Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester (grades 1-5)
  • Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham (grades 4-6)

YOUNG ADULT

Fiction

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Nonfiction

  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynold and Ibram X. Kendi
  • This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
  • All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

Graphic Novel

  • Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence by Joel Christian Gill

Poetry

  • Say Her Name by Zetta Elliot