11 Must-Read Books On Racism: Understanding The Black Lives Matter Movement

BY Jordan Grant / Jun 9 2020 / 18:00 PM

The written word has a power of all sorts, allowing us to delve deeper into the unjust discrimination that has been going on for years. If you're looking to learn more about the reason behind the worldwide protests these books are a good place to start...

11 Must-Read Books On Racism: Understanding The Black Lives Matter Movement

Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Davis

In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world. She reminds us that "Freedom is a constant struggle."

Dhs 191 available on bookdepositary.com 

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. It captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right.

Dhs 89 available on ubuy.ae

Slay In Your Lane - Elizabeth Uviebinene & Yomi Adegoke

The long-awaited, inspirational guide to life for a generation of black British women inspired to make lemonade out of lemons, and find success in every area of their lives.

Dhs 64 available on amazon.com 

Brading Sweetgrass - Robin Wall Kimmerer

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer asks questions of nature with the tools of science. Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices.

Dhs 69 available on amazon.ae

So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.

Dhs 67 available on bookdepository.com

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

The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race. It is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.


White Fragility by Robin Deangelo

Robin DiAngelo coined the term 'White Fragility' in 2011 to describe this process and is here to show us how it serves to uphold the system of white supremacy. She shows us how we can start having more honest conversations, listen to each other better and react to feedback with grace and humility

Dhs 43 available on amazon.com 

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad

This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.


They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, And A New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery

A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it. 

Available on barnesandnoble.com

Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde

Your Silence Will Not Protect You is a 2017 posthumous collection of essays, speeches, and poems by African American author and poet Audre Lorde.

Dhs 219 available on amazon.com 

The Good Immigrant: 21 Writers Explore What It Means To Be Black, Asian, And Minority Ethnic In Britain Today edited by Nikesh Shukla

From Trump's proposed border wall and travel ban to the marching of white supremacists in Charlottesville, America is consumed by tensions over immigration and the question of which bodies are welcome.

Available on kobo.com

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