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Here are books for you to be a decent person.


Enjoy this list, I’ am not your educator but these people have taken the time to write about their personal experiences/lives/poetry/statics/facts on racism and sexism and intersectionality that is often times ignored. But simultaneously all happening at the same time in the same situation.

Lies my teacher told me by James W. Loewen

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

Learning to be white by Thandeka

Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Black skin, white masks by Frantz Fanon, Charles Lam Markmann

Black Looks : Race and Representations by Bell Hooks

The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison

The Soul of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois, Donald B. Gibson (Introduction), Monica M. Elbert (Notes), Monica E. Elbert (Annotations)

Ain’t I a woman: Black Women and Feminism by Bell Hooks

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney, Vincent Harding (Introduction)

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon

Nobody Knows my name by James Baldwin

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

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide by Andrea Lee Smith, Winona LaDuke (Foreword)

Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese American Internment Camps by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald

Fantasies of the Master Race: Literature, Cinema & the Colonization of American Indians by Ward Churchill

Collected Articles of Fredrick Douglass by Fredrick Douglas

The Ways of White Folk by Langston Hughes

Brainwashed by Tom Burrell

Conversations with Audre Lorde (Literary Conversations) by Joan Wylie Hall (Editor)

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series) by Audre Lorde

The Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V Harris-Perry

The Black Woman: An Anthology by Toni Cade Bambara (Editor), Eleanor W Traylor (Introduction) The Vintage Book of African American Poetry by Michael S. Harper (Editor), Anthony Walton (Editor)

But Some Of Us Are Brave: All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men: Black Women’s Studies by Gloria T. Hull (Editor), Patricia Bell Scott (Editor), Barbara Smith (Editor)

Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior by Marimba Ani

Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools by Glenn E. Singleton (Editor), Curtis W. (Wallace) Linton (Editor)

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Things fall of Apart by Chinua Achebe

Arrow of god by Chinua Achebe

Native son by Richard Wright

Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition by Cedric J. Robinson

The Philosophy of Alain Locke: Harlem Renaissance and Beyond by Leonard Harris

The Education of Black People: Ten Critiques, 1906 - 1960 by W.E.B. Dubois

Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880 by W. E. Burghardt Du Bois (Author), David Levering Lewis

The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

Black Women in Antiquity (Journal of African Civilizations) by Ivan Van Sertima

Let the Circle Be Unbroken: The Implications of African Spirituality in the Diaspora by Marimba Ani (Author), Richards

Mdw Dtr: Divine Speech: A Historiographical Reflection of African Deep Thought from the Time of the Pharaohs to the Present by Jacob H. Carruthers

The Eloquence of the Scribes by Ayi Kwei Armah

Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary by Walter Dean Myers

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