What to Read


Blacktag wants to be the Netflix-YouTube hybrid for alternative Black creators
by KC Ifeanyi

Adweek Interviews the 3 Women Who Founded Black Lives Matter—and Started a Global Movement 
by Shannon Miller, Adweek

‘Feels very much lip service’: Media employees agitate over companies’ inaction following diversity and inclusion pledges
by Tim Peterson, Digiday

How to Be a Better Ally to Your Black Colleagues
by Stephanie Creary, Harvard Business Review

Demographic Data Shows Which Major Sports Fan Bases Are Most Likely to Support or Reject Social Justice Advocacy
by Alex Silverman, Morning Consult

The Unlikely Star In New Walmart+ Ads? Genuine Diversity
by Sarah Mahoney, MediaPost

Opinion: The Total Market Approach Isn't Just Offensive, It's Dangerous
by Aaron Walton, AdAge

These platforms are helping Black Americans overcome the trauma of racism
by A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

Black Is the Answer. Black Is the Future.
by Bennett D. Bennett, Adweek

In San Francisco, Agencies Confront Their Failed Promise of Racial Diversity
by Eric Oster, Adweek

Take action: it’s the make or break moment for the BIPOC pipeline
by Keni Thacker, The Drum

Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others
by OnlinePsychology@Pepperdine

"Urgent need": How agencies are deploying diversity and inclusion execs, forming new councils to create more equitable companies
by Kristina Monllos, Digiday

What White people still don’t understand
by Neil Price, The Toronto Star

Goodwill or just for show? As political and corporate leaders speak out against anti-Black racism, some aren’t buying their sincerity
by Douglas Quan, The Toronto Star

There have always been two Canadas. In this reckoning on racism, both must stand together for Indigenous people now
by Tanya Talaga, The Globe and Mail

Anti-Blackness is a public health crisis. It deserves more than lip service
by Sané Dube, Ricochet

My White Privilege - Taking the Blinders Off
by Liam Paschall, LinkedIn

158 Resources to Understand Racism in America
by Meilan Solley, Smithsonian Magazine

Dear White People: Here Are 10 Actions You Can Take To Promote Racial Justice In The Workplace
by Dana Brownlee, Forbes

So you now care about Black burdens? Prove it.
by Shree Paradkar, The Toronto Star

Police brutality continually treated like a 'one-off' in Canada, says Desmond Cole
from CBC Radio

The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying
by Adam Serwer, The Atlantic

Answering White People’s Most Commonly Asked Questions about the Black Lives Matter Movement
by Courtney Martin, The Bold Italic

America's Racial Contract is Killing Us
by Adam Serwer, The Atlantic

Who Gets To Be Afraid In America?
by Ibram X. Kendi, The Atlantic

"The 1619 Project"
from the New York Times

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
essay excerpted from "White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account
of Coming To See Correspondences through Work in Women's Studies" (1988), by Peggy McIntosh

The Intersectionality Wars 
By Jane Coaston, Vox

The Case for Reparations
by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups
developed by Craig Elliott

"Riots," "violence," "looting": Words matter when talking about race and unrest, experts say
by Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY

The Story of Africville
By Matthew McRae, Canadian Museum for Human Rights

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
by Corinne Shutack, Medium

End Racism
Resources from the "End Racism, This Generation" campaign by RunnyMeade

Race, Culture and Diversity: A Collection of Articles

The racism that killed George Floyd was built in Britain By Afua Hirsch

Transgenerational Consequences of Racial Discrimination for African American Health

The Systems that Protect the Police

UN report on Canada to address anti-Black racism

Freedom to Thrive: Reimagining Safety & Security in Our Communities

Corporate America Has Failed Black America Check in on Your Black Employees, Now

50 Reasons You Might Be More Privileged Than Your Coworker (That You're Not Aware Of)

If ‘Black Lives Matter’ to brands, where are your black board members?

11 Anti-Racist Actions You Can Take at Work—Today and Every Day

A Viral TikTok Is Sparking A Conversation About Racial Bias Against Black People In Healthcare

How to Respond to Microaggressions

“The Death of George Floyd, In Context,” by Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker

“Of Course There Are Protests. The State Is Failing Black People,” by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor for the New York Times

“This Is How Loved Ones Want Us To Remember George Floyd,” by Alisha Ebrahimji for CNN.

The 1619 Project (particularly this essay by Nikole Hannah-Jones)

“You shouldn’t need a Harvard degree to survive birdwatching while black,” by Samuel Getachew, a 17-year-old and the 2019 Oakland youth poet laureate, for the Washington Post

“It’s exhausting. How many hashtags will it take for all of America to see Black people as more than their skin color?” by Rita Omokha for Elle

“The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Atlantic

“How to Make This Moment the Turning Point for Real Change,” by Barack Obama in Medium

“Black Male Writers For Our Time,” by Ayana Mathis in New York Times

“I Was The Mayor Of Minneapolis And I Know Our Cops Have A Problem,” by R.T. Rybak

“Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge,” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Los Angeles Times

“I’m Black. My Mom is White. This Is The Talk We Had To Have About George Floyd’s Killing,” by Kimberly J. Miller for the Huffington Post

A project from Harvard University about implicit bias

“The Law Isn’t Neutral,” by Boston University School of Law dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig in Slate

Mitch Landrieu’s Speech on the Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans

“What is Juneteenth?” by Derrick Bryson Taylor for the New York Times

“Juneteenth Is a Reminder That Freedom Wasn’t Just Handed Over,” by Brianna Holt for the New York Times

“No, Trump did not make Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating slavery’s end, ‘very famous,’” by DeNeen L. Brown for the Washington Post

“An American Spring of Reckoning,” by Jelani Cobb in the New Yorker

The 1619 Project in the New York Times

“9 Books To Celebrate The Spirit of Juneteenth,” by Keyaira Boone for Essence


A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature by Jacqueline Goldsby

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century by Kehinde Andrews

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Biased by Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt

Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

Black Food Geographies by Ashanté M. Reese

Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Brit(ish): On race, identity and belonging by Afua Hirsch

Brutal Imagination by Cornelius Eady

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration by June Sarpong

Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business by Pamela Newkirk

Divided Sisters by Kathy Russell

Don’t Touch my Hair by Emma Dabiri

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland by Jonathan M. Metzl

Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century by Dorothy Roberts

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

How to Argue With a Racist: History, Science, Race and Reality by Adam Rutherford

Rise: Life Lessons in Speaking Out, Standing Tall & Leading the Way by Gina Miller

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Brathwaite

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Will Not be Erased edited by Gal-Dem

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

It’s Not About The Burqua: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race edited by Mariam Khan

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

A List of Black Revolutionary Texts

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

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala

Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill

Performing Antiracist Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication Edited by Frankie Condon and Vershawn Ashanti Young

Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr Joy Degruy

Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens The Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era by Jerry Mitchell

Race for Profit by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children In A Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey

Sensuous Knowledge by Minna Salami

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini

Taking Up Space: The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap by Mehrsa Baradaran

The Colour of Madness: Exploring BAME Mental Health in the UK edited by Samara Linton

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shula

The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality by Thomas M. Shapiro

The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice by Fania Davis

The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy by Lani Guinier

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

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Skin We're In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole

The Strange Career of Jim Crow by C. Vann Woodward (Martin Luther King Jr. called this “the historical bible of the Civil Rights movement.)

The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

The Sweeter the Juice: A Family Memoir in Black and White by Shirlee Taylor Haizlip

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Nora Zeal Hurston

They Can't Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

They Were Her Property by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers

Thinking and Learning Around Anti-Racism and the Black Experience: A Reading List

This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell

Uprooting Racism by Paul Kivel

Waking Up White by Debby Irving

Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals

When Affirmative Action Was White by Ira Katznelson

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude M. Steele

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

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 

Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino

For Parents, Kids, Teens 

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults

Black Books Matter: Children's Books Celebrating Black Boys

31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

We are all Welcome

Anti-Racist Picture Book Recommendations for Kids

17 Books About Racial Inequality for Young Readers

A Kids Book About

Top 154 Recommended African-American Children’s Books

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

Inclusive Parents

The Conscious Kid

“Talking About Race.” Helpful resources from the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Anything by Angie Thomas

The Colors Of Us by Karen Katz

Skin Again by bell hooks

Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

This Promise of Change by Jo Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy

IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All by Chelsea Johnson