I’ll keep this short: the United States is a hot mess right now, and it isn’t because of the protesters. There are a ton of reading lists currently out there, but I also wanted to contribute my own to the mix. This list could’ve easily been four times as long. I intentionally left out some of the more popular titles, like Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist, since they’re posted everywhere. But obviously, those should be on your radar too.
Typed list with links to Goodreads after the jump.
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
The Fire This Time ed. by Jesmyn Ward
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea J. Ritchie
The Radical King by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible by Charles E. Cobb Jr.
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene Carruthers