What to Read


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

What White people still don’t understand by Neil Price

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

There have always been two Canadas. In this reckoning on racism, both must stand together for Indigenous people now.

Anti-Blackness is a public health crisis. It deserves more than lip service

My White Privilege - Taking the Blinders Off

158 Resources to Understand Racism in America

Dear White People: Here Are 10 Actions You Can Take To Promote Racial Justice In The Workplace

So you now care about Black burdens? Prove it. by Shree Paradkar

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

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

Where do I donate? Why is the uprising violent? Should I go protest?

America's Racial Contract is Killing Us by Adam Serwer

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

"The 1916 Project" from the New York Times

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh The Intersectionality Wars by Jane Coaston

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott

"Riots," "violence," "looting": Words matter when talking about race and unrest, experts say

The Story of Africville

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

End Racism

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