A super informative and comprehensive read:
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge

An incredibly important book about the prison pipeline system:
The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander

Great book on the unspoken truth of our racial divide:
White Rage - Carol Anderson

A classic piece of Black literature. Absolutely beautiful:
Their eyes were watching god - Zora Neale Hurston

Amazingly succinct. So powerful. Much to unpack:
The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin

A very powerful and emotional read:
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

An incredibly powerful memoir - super informative to the Black experience:
Heavy - Kiese Laymon

An amazing book to start with. It lays a foundation for conversations pertaining to race:
So you want to talk about race - Ijeoma Oluo

Every white / white passing person should read this. It's a great crash course:
White Fragility - Robin Diangelo

Additional Reads:

How to be an Anti-racist by Ibrahim Kendi & Anti-racist Baby (for small children)

Jelani Memory’s A Kids Book About Racism
here for the book being read on YouTube)

Desmond Cole’s The Skin We’re In
(full disclosure: haven’t read this yet, but t
here’s a documentary that gives you a taste)

Barrington Walker, The History of Immigration and Racism in Canada: Essential Readings

Marie Battiste,
Decolonizing Education *MANDATORY FOR EDUCATORS!

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson: You’ve likely heard the story of someone who served decades in prison for a crime they didn’t commit. How does that happen and how do we ensure people don’t disappear behind the bars and into bureaucratic systems that value process more than justice?

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward: America often equates Black to mean urban America when more of us live in “middle America” and the deep South than anywhere else. Ward is a literary artist who spins the stories of Black men in Mississippi with so much love and a deep desire to protect those she loves.

Free Cyntoia by Cyntoia Brown-Long: Everyone from Rihanna to Kim Kardashian was tweeting about Cyntoia Brown-Long, the young woman incarcerated for defending herself against her abuser and a sexual predator. Cyntoia’s story is one that many women share—and this book sheds light on how systems set up to protect us, fail us time and time again.

Born A Crime by Trevor Noah: Noah’s book reads like an episode of his late night show which is to say it’s informative, compelling, and well researched. This is a must read for those looking to understand race and class.

Unafraid of the Dark by Rosemary L Bray: Racism feels like this big scary monster which can make some of us feel like we don’t know where to begin in dismantling it and others feel it’s not relevant to them at all. Bray sets the record straight with these vignettes and anecdotes about what racism looks like in practice but also how police interventions can work to alleviate the pressures.

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor: “Listen to Black women!” Want to learn what Black women from movements past have to say about justice and freedom? Look no further than this foundational manifesto.

Children of Blood and Bones by Tomi Adeyemi: Science fiction is a powerful tool for exploring problems from the distance we normally aren’t afforded with day-to-day life. This first part of the electric new trilogy explores issues of fear, revenge, and what it takes to build a new future.

When They Call You A Terrorist by Patrisse Khan Cullors: Cullors co-founded Black Lives Matter over five years ago alongside two other Black women organizers. Years later, she reflected on her own journey to that moment and what it means to be labeled a terrorist by the government that has sought to erase you and those you love.

Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice by Paul Butler: This Harvard Law grad turned prosecutor went from high-powered attorney to wrongfully accused Black man in one day. What that experience taught him is cemented through this book and will tell you all you need to know about this rigged system.

Pushout by Monique Morris: Black girls and women are often left out of the conversation when it comes to criminal justice reform, but Morris reiterates exactly how Black girls are oversexualized, more likely to be described as aggressive, and more frequently suspended or expelled, leading to this school-to-prison pipeline we hear so much