HOW WE GET FREE

As if the pandemic wasn't enough to deal with, white supremacy has seemed to reach a new all-time high...

For black and brown folks, the latest news is anything but new but GOD FORBID we forget ourselves for two seconds and assume that racist cops and community watchmen aren't on the hunt for their latest lynching while COVID is running loose. Adding insult to injury, we have no choice but to see these atrocities circulated on the news and on our feeds because if there isn't video evidence...does racism actually exist? 

This book list includes anti-racist reads, historical literature on Black America, and varied perspectives on how we can shape change. The books below present possibilities on how we can participate in the necessary work to undo the white supremacist notions that maintain a hold over and threaten our present lives.

It is important to educate ourselves on the long history of racism in this country, but it is just as important to unlearn bias and heal from internalized hatred and any aspects of ourselves that lend to the upholding of systems of oppression. 

 

"I still hear my brother crying “I can’t breathe,” Now I’m in the struggle saying “I can’t leave.”

We are calling out the violence of these racist police, We ain’t gonna stop until our people are free."

 

list curated by Deidre

 

 

 

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color Cover Image
By Andrea Ritchie, Angela Y. Davis (Foreword by)
$21.00
ISBN: 9780807088982
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Published: Beacon Press - August 1st, 2017

“A passionate, incisive critique of the many ways in which women and girls of color are systematically erased or marginalized in discussions of police violence.” —Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow


Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735224957
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Published: Penguin Books - March 3rd, 2020

"Poignant....important and illuminating."—The New York Times Book Review

"Groundbreaking."—Bryan Stevenson, New York Times bestselling author of Just Mercy

From one of the world’s leading experts on unconscious racial bias come stories, science, and strategies to address one of the central controversies of our time


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The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250134769
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 14th, 2020

Finalist for the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction | One of Time Magazines's 100 Must-Read Books of 2020

"An entertaining quest to trace the origins and implications of the names of the roads on which we reside." —Sarah Vowell, The New York Times Book Review


Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679758693
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Published: Vintage - December 29th, 1998

Killing the Black Body remains a rallying cry for education, awareness, and action on extending reproductive justice to all women. It is as crucial as ever, even two decades after its original publication.
 


Negroland: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307473431
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Published: Vintage - August 23rd, 2016

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

Winner of the Heartland Prize

A New York Times Notable Book
 


At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement  from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307389244
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

Groundbreaking, controversial, and courageous, here is the story of Rosa Parks and Recy Taylor—a story that reinterprets the history of America's civil rights movement in terms of the sexual violence committed against Black women by white men. 


Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780465060689
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Published: Basic Books - September 5th, 2017

The classic, bestselling book on the psychology of racism -- now fully revised and updated


Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781849352604
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Published: AK Press - April 18th, 2017

Inspired by Octavia Butler's explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns.


The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780743456081
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Published: Washington Square Press - December 21st, 2004

Everyone needs to love and be loved -- even men. But to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving.


Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250112880
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Published: Picador - March 5th, 2019

NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An Emma Watson "Our Shared Shelf" Selection for November/December 2018 • NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2018/ MENTIONED BY: The New York Public Library Mashable • The Atlantic Bustle The Root • Politico Magazine ("What the 2020 Candidates Are Reading


Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good Cover Image
By Adrienne Maree Brown (Editor)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781849353267
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Published: AK Press - March 19th, 2019

How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken within ourselves desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life?


How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781608468553
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Published: Haymarket Books - December 5th, 2017

"If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free." --Combahee River Collective Statement

Winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction


Parable of the Sower Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538732182
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2019

This acclaimed post-apocalyptic novel of hope and terror from an award-winning author "pairs well with 1984 or The Handmaid's Tale" and includes a foreword by N. K. Jemisin (John Green, New York Times).


Parable of the Talents Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538732199
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 20th, 2019

Originally published in 1998, this shockingly prescient novel's timely message of hope and resistance in the face of fanaticism is more relevant than ever.


Native Son (Perennial Classics) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060837563
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - August 2nd, 2005

“If one had to identify the single most influential shaping force in modern Black literary history, one would probably have to point to Wright and the publication of Native Son.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr.


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781620971932
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Published: New Press - January 7th, 2020

Named one of the most important nonfiction books of the 21st century by Entertainment Weekly' Slate' Chronicle of Higher Education' Literary Hub, Book Riot' and Zora


Homegoing Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.
 


The Hate U Give Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

8 starred reviews ∙ Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best  ∙  William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds


Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781595589194
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Published: New Press - January 28th, 2014

Black Stats--a comprehensive guide filled with contemporary facts and figures on African Americans--is an essential reference for anyone attempting to fathom the complex state of our nation.


Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250135995
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 17th, 2017

NOW A NEW YORK TIMES, PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, INDIEBOUND, LOS ANGELES TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, CHRONICLE HERALD, SALISBURY POST, GUELPH MERCURY TRIBUNE, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER | NAMED A BEST/MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2017 BY: The Washington PostBustleMen's JournalThe Chicago Re


White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781632864130
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 5th, 2017

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2016
A Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016


Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools Cover Image
By Monique Morris, Mankaprr Conteh (Foreword by), Melissa Harris-Perry (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781620973424
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Published: New Press - January 16th, 2018

The "powerful" (Michelle Alexander) exploration--featured by The Atlantic, Essence, the Washington Post, New York magazine, NPR, and others--of the harsh and harmful experiences confronting Black girls in schools

In a work that Lisa Delpit calls "imperative reading," Monique W.


How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781568588490
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Published: Bold Type Books - March 26th, 2019

This celebration of Black resistance, from protests to art to sermons to joy, offers a blueprint for the fight for freedom and justice -- and ideas for how each of us can contribute