A Reading List on Race


Black History Month was our excuse for asking our co-worker Daniel Coles, who is coordinating Morningside Center’s racial equity initiatives, to share some books he recommends to educators to raise our awareness on issues related to race.  Behold the list below, in alphabetical order by author!   


by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

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

The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin

Another Country
by James Baldwin

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

Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine and the Foundations of a Movement
by Angela Davis

The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom
edited by Lisa Delpit & Joanne Kilgour Dowdy

Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
by Jeff Hobbs

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

The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
by Jonathan Kozol

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America
by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Citizen: An American Lyric
by Claudia Rankin

Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison
by Shaka Senghor

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