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Check out these reads from your local library or buy them from a local black-owned book store

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by

Beverly Daniel Tatum

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper

Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

by Safiya Umoja Noble


How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi


Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by

Paul Ortiz


Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea J. Ritchie


Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor


Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks


Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richarda Rothstein


Redefining Realness by Janet Mock 


Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde


So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo


The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison


The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin


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

Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. Democracy by Darryl Pinckney


The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century
by Grace Lee Boggs


The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson


Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston


This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga

Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney López


When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson


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

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Medical Apartheid by Harriet Washington

Black and Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism by John Hoberman

Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology by Deirdre Cooper Owens

Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy

Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth

Dána-Ain Davis

Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination by Alondra Nelson

Inescapable Ecologies: A History of Environment, Disease, and Knowledge by Linda Nash

Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice (Urban and Industrial Environments) by Julie Sze

Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape Our Lives and Landscapes by Gregg Mitman 

Black Liberation Reads

Racism & Health

Clearing the Plains by James W. Daschuk

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King

Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir by Deborah Miranda

Perma Red by Debra Magpie Earling

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

How We Became Human by Joy Harjo

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in A Northern City by Tanya Talaga

Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot

American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World by David Stannard

Children of the Broken Treaty by Angus, Charlie

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

Keetsahnak: Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters

The Reconciliation Manifesto by Arthur Manuel

The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez

Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World by Linda Hogan

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Anti-colonization & Indigenous Reads

A Terrible Thing To Waste: Environmental Racism And Its Assault On The American Mind by Harriet A. Washington

As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock by Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger by Julie Sze

Climate Change From the Streets by Michael Méndez

Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial edited by Sarah D. Wald, David J. Vázquez, Priscilla Solis Ybarra and Sarah Jaquette Ray

Full Spectrum Resistance by Aric McBay

Indigenous Environmental Justice edited by Karen Jarratt-Snider and Marianne O. Nielsen

Poisoned Water: How the Citizens of Flint, Michigan, Fought for Their Lives and Warned the Nation by Candy J. Cooper with Marc Aronson

Unearthing Justice: How to Protect Your Community From the Mining Industry by Joan Kuyek

Whose Water Is It, Anyway? Taking Water Protection Into Public Hands by Maude Barlow

Standing With Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement edited by Nick Estes and Jaskiran Dhillon

One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet by Anuradha Rao

Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land by Leah Penniman

Who Killed Berta Cáceres? Dams, Death Squads and an Indigenous Defender’s Battle for the Planet by Nina Lakhani

Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility by Dorceta Taylor 

Dumping In Dixie: Race, Class, And Environmental Quality, Third Edition by Robert D. Bullard

Environmentalism and Economic Justice: Two Chicano Struggles in the Southwest by Laura Pulido

Environmental Inequalities: Class, Race, and Industrial Pollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980 by Andrew Hurley

If You Poison Us: Uranium and Native Americans by Peter H. Eichstaedt  

Packing Them In: An Archaeology of Environmental Racism in Chicago, 1865-1954 by Sylvia Hood Washington

Forcing the Spring: The Transformation of the American Environmental Movement by Robert Gottlieb

Environmental Racism & Justice

Wellness and Healing for BIPOC

The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health: Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help you Deserve by Rheeda Walker, Ph.D.

Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience by Sheila Wise Rowe

Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing by Suzanne Methot

The State of Black Girls: A Go-To Guide for Creating Safe Space for Black Girls by Marline Francois-Madden, L.C.S.W.

Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing by Renee Linklater

Black Women’s Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability edited by Stephanie Y. Evans, Ph.D.

Soothe Your Nerves: The Black Woman’s Guide to Understanding and Overcoming Anxiety, Panic, and Fear by Angela Neal-Barnett, Ph.D.

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, by Resmaa Menakem, M.S.W.

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy DeGruy, Ph.D.

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