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Racial Issues Reading List for adults

A list for those who would like to learn more about the history and experiences of People of Color in America.

“Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.”  – Thurgood Marshall


All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Black Enough by Ibi Zoboi

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Nonfiction & poetry

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Brothers and Keepers by John Edgar Wideman

Busted In New York by Darryl Pinckney

Chokehold by Paul Butler

Citizen by Claudia Rankine

Dark Sky Rising by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Democracy in Black by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

No Ashes In the Fire by Darnell L. Moore

On the Other Side of Freedom by DeRay Mckesson

One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson

Race Matters by Cornel West

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

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

Survival Math by Mitchell S. Jackson

Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson

The Black and the Blue by Matthew Horace

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable
by Michael Bennett and Dave Zirin

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Kahn-Cullors & Asha Bandele