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Social Justice Resources
August, 2020
Organized by Terri Evans

Fiction (Books)
Deacon King Kong by James McBride (novel - Oprah’s Book Club Choice - Summer, 2020 - view interview with author James McBride on Apple TV+ - published in March, 2020)

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (fiction - local Indigenous author, Louise Erdich’s latest - March, 2020)

There, There by Tommy Orange (fiction - 2018)


13th (film - directed by Ava DuVernay - 2016)

Hamilton (film directed by Thomas Kail - DISNEY+ - 2020)

Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea. (documentary film directed by Alex Stapleton - NETFLIX - 2019)

I Am Not Your Negro (film directed by Raoul Peck - 2016)

Just Mercy (film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton - 2019)

Selma (film directed by Ava DuVernay - 2014)

Nonfiction (Books)
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (nonfiction - 2015)

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (nonfiction - Oprah’s current Book Club selection - came out on August 3, 2020)

A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki (nonfiction - recommended by Barbara Rudnicki - 2008)

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper (nonfiction -2018)

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (nonfiction - 1963)

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister (nonfiction - 2018))

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota edited by Sun Yung Shin (nonfiction - essays by Minnesota authors - current One Book, One Minnesota selection - 2016)

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (nonfiction - suggested by Oprah - currently on NYT Bestseller List - 2019)

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez (nonfiction - 2019)

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad (published January, 2020 - nonfiction)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexandeer (nonfiction - 2010)

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich (nonfiction - recommended by Barbara Rudnicki - 2011)

The Race Bomb by Paul Ehrlich (nonfiction - recommended by Barbara Rudnicki - 1978)

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (nonfiction - 2016)

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (nonfiction - 2010)

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron (nonfiction - 1996)

White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo (nonfiction - currently on the NYT Bestseller List - 2018)

Youth Fiction (books)
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds (fiction - 2015)

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas (fiction 2017)

Youth Nonfiction (Books)
Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi (published in July, 2020 - paperback and board book form - for the special children in your life)

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (nonfiction -2020)

Woke by Mohogany L. Browne (poetry by various authors - young adult - 2020)

Organizations/Websites (“a nonprofit, nonpartisan, newsroom reporting on gender, politics and policy” - 2020) (“Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.” - 2005)

“The Island of Discarded Women” (podcast - Episode 13 - 2020)

Loyalty Bookstores Antiracist Reading Recommendations (more social justice book recommendations -

“On Being with Krista Tippett” (podcast featuring Krista Tippett interviewing various individuals of note, including many of the authors mentioned in this list of resources - since 2003)

“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” Peggy McIntosh (nonfiction article - 1990)

“African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross"
This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery
on the African continent through five centuries of historic events right up to present day
— when America has a black President, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.
It explores the origins of the people from Africa whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people, as
well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives that African Americans
have developed against unimaginable odds. All of these elements define black culture and society in its extraordinarily
rich and compelling diversity from slavery to freedom, from the plantation to the White House. Hosted by Harvard scholar
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and drawing on some of America’s top historians and heretofore untapped primary sources, the
series guides viewers on a journey across 500 years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an
African American.


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