February 1st marked the start of Black History Month. Taking the time to educate yourself about the injustices that Black men, women and children face in America is an essential practice for understanding and involving yourself in your community.
Below is just a short list with suggestions on where to begin. The more we listen to and elevate Black voices and people with different experiences across intersections of gender, color, class, sexuality, and ability, the more helpful we can be for those seeking justice, aid and reform
- "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander
- "Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race" by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America" by Richard Rothstein
- "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" by Ibram X. Kendi (children's & YA editions available)
- "Awakening Minds: 10 Lessons for a Conscious Culture" by David Wallace
- "I am Enough" by Grace Byers (*children's book)
Are there any pieces of literature or art from Black creators that have moved you, illuminated in important issue or made you cackle with laughter recently? Post your reccs in the comments on our most recent insta post- we wanna hear from you!