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Look, Listen and Learn

Below is a comprehensive list of suggested reading, viewing and listening. These resources are just a start but an important step in educating yourself, your family including your children (suggested list for them is further below), your friends, peers and colleagues of how the history of racism has paved the way for the racial prejudice and injustices of today. LLR challenges you to be a better person than you were yesterday.


  • Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (fiction)
  • Antagonists, Advocates and Allies – Catrice M. Jackson
  • An American Marriage – Tayari Jones (fiction)
  • Assembly – Natasha Brown
  • Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” – Zora Neale Hurston
  • Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Becoming – Michelle Obama
  • Black Looks: Race and Representation – bell hooks
  • The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison (fiction)
  • Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine – Louis W. Sullivan
  • Caste – Isabel Wilkerson
  • Chokehold: Policing Black Men – Paul Butler
  • Citizen: An American Lyric – Claudia Rankine
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America – Richard Rothstein
  • Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster – Michael Eric Dyson
  • The Condemnation of Little B – Elaine Brown
  • Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 – Scott Ellsworth
  • The Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 BC to 2000 AD – Chancellor Williams
  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower – Brittney Cooper
  • The First Next Time – James Baldwin
  • Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (fiction)
  • Have Black Lives Ever Mattered – Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Heavy – Kiese Laymon
  • Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick – Zora Neale Hurston (fiction)
  • Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi (fiction)
  • How to be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi
  • How Long ‘til Black Future Month – N.K. Jemisin (fiction)
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown
  • If He Hollers Let Him Go – Chester Himes (fiction)
  • Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison (fiction)
  • Kindred – Octavia Butler (fiction)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
  • Malcolm X: The Last Speeches – Malcolm X
  • Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present – Harriet A Washington
  • The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table – Minda Harts
  • The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
  • No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America – Darnell L. Moore
  • One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy – Carol Anderson
  • The Other Black Girl – Zakiya Dalila Harris
  • The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved from Womb to Grave in the Building of a Nation – Daina Ramey Berry
  • Race, Work, and Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience – Laura Morgan Roberts, Anthony J. Mayo
  • Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America – Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin – Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin
  • Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora – Stephanie E. Smallwood
  • Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation – Steve Luxenberg
  • Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde (essays)
  • Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II – Douglas A. Blackmon
  • So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
  • The Sword and The Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. – Peniel E. Joseph
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America – Michael Eric Dyson
  • They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement-Wesley Lowery
  • Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe (fiction)
  • The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett (fiction)
  • Waking up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race – Debby Irving
  • The Warmth of Other Suns – Isabel Wilkerson
  • We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change – Myles Horton and Paulo Friere
  • When they Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir – Patrisse Khan-Cullors
  • White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son – Tim Wise
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide – Carol Anderson
  • White Spaces Missing Faces: Why Women of Color Don’t Trust White Women – Catrice M. Jackson
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race – Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 & the Rise of White Supremacy – David Zucchino
  • The Yellow House – Sarah M. Broom (fiction)
  • Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine – Bebe Moore Campbell (fiction)

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