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40 Books, Shows, and Other Resources to Educate Yourself About Race

We’ve seen a lot of people looking for guidance on what they can do and how to contribute to the Black Lives Matter movement and to ending racial violence and injustice.

While donating your time and/or money can be one of the most directly impactful ways to make a change, educating yourself is just as important. Not only will it make a lasting impact on your own thoughts and actions, it will arm you for difficult and often uncomfortable conversations about race with friends and family.

It is everyone’s responsibility to push for real change, and educating yourself is the first step. But now is NOT the time to ask your BIPOC network for that education.

So we’ve put together an extensive list of books, videos, and more that you can turn to that don’t rely on asking your BIPOC friends and family.


White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Negroland by Margo Jefferson

Coming of Age in Mississippi by Ann Moody

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Ain’t I a Woman by bell hooks

White Rage by Carol Anderson

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

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

Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? by Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Blindspot by Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald

How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? by Moustafa Bayoumi

I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson

Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong

Good Talk by Mira Jacob

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

When They Call You A Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele

Mindful of Race by Ruth King

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz

Citizen by Claudia Rankine

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis

The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

The 1619 Project by The New York Times

Need a place to buy these books? Instead of linking out to Amazon, we ask that you consider supporting any of these Black-owned bookstores online or in-person (or a local bookstore in your town).


13th by Ava Duvernay

When They See Us by Ava Duvernay on Netflix

I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin

Got 10 Minutes a Day? For just a few minutes a day, you can work on becoming a better ally with this incredible resource from Autumn Gupta and Bryanna Wallace.

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