The following reading list was created based on Project Place staff suggestions. We also recommend looking into further resources that may be available at your local public library. For those in Boston, here is the link to the Boston Public Library on how to download Libby and get free anti-racist literature:

Anti-Racist Literature

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji

Caste Matters by Suraj Yengde

We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival by Jabari Asim

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Unequal Childhoods: Class Race and Family Life by Annette Lareau

Turn This World Inside Out: The Emergence of Nurturance Culture by Nora Samaran

Fumbling Towards Repair: A Workbook for Community Accountability Facilitators by Mariame Kaba and Shira Hassan

Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney López

Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis

The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence within Activist Communities by Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Anti-Racist Literature – Topic Specific

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (mass incarceration)

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis (mass incarceration)

Voices of African American Women in Prison by Paula C. Johnson (mass incarceration)

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America by Elizabeth Hinton (mass incarceration)

Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks (policing)

Evicted by Mathew Desmond (poverty, housing)

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen (education, colonialism, ahistoricism)

Nobody by Marc Lamont Hill  (police violence, mass incarceration)

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein  (segregation, housing discrimination, redlining)

The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide by by Barbara Robles, Betsy Leondar-Wright, and Rose Brewer (racial wealth disparities)

Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. Democracy by Darryl Pinckney (voter suppression, black voting)

Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and Closing on Chicago’s South Side by Eve L. Ewing (education)

A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind by Harriet A. Washington (environmental racism, environmental justice)

Black Feminism

Women, Race & Class by Angela Y. Davis

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that the Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens by Alice Walker

Sister Sister by Audre Lorde

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

Feminist Accountability: Disrupting Violence and Transforming Power by Ann Russo

Biographies, Non-Fiction Novels, Personal Narratives

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine by Emily Bernard

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

Children’s Literature

“Anti-racism Books for Kids” – New York Times

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi

Articles – Homelessness & Racial Inequality

National Alliance to End Homelessness – Racial Inequality

The PEW Charitable Trusts – “’A Pileup of Inequalities’: Why People of Color Are Hit Hardest by Homelessness”


Code Switch (NPR)

1619 (The New York Times)

About Race

The Diversity Gap

Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

Pod for the Cause (from the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)

Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)

Talking Race with Young Children (NPR)

The Color of Wealth: A Racial Money Divide on Maine Public Radio



PBS to Address Race and Racism in America Through Broadcast and Streaming Content – Info Here

Rat Film – Independent Lens

Bestselling Author Ibram X. Kendi: How to be an Antiracist


13th directed by Ava DuVernay

American Son directed by Kenney Leon

Dear White People directed by Justin Simien

See You Yesterday directed by Stefon Bristol

When They See Us directed by Ava Duvernay

Whose Streets directed by Sabaah Folayan

The Kalief Browder Story directed by Jenner Furst

Explained – Episode: The Racial Wealth Gap


If Beale Street Could Talk directed by Barry Jenkins

The Hate U Give directed by George Tillman Jr.

Other Streaming Platforms

Fruitvale Station directed by Ryan Coogler

Just Mercy directed by Destin Daniel Cretton

Matter of Place by the Fair Housing Justice Center

Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class by Bob Herbert

Housing Segregation in Everything – Code Switch by NPR

The Disturbing History of the Suburbs – Adam Ruins Everything

TED Talks

“We Need to Talk About Injustice”– Bryan Stevenson

“The Urgency of Intersectionality” – Kimberlé Crenshaw

“The Dangers of Whitewashing Black History” – David Ikard

“How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline At A Time” – Baratunde Thurston

“Let’s Get to The Root of Racial Injustice” – Megan Ming Francis

“How America’s Public Schools Keep Children in Poverty” – Kandice Sumner

“The Symbols of Systemic Racism – And How to Take Away Their Power” – Paul Rucker

“How Can We Make Racism a Solvable Problem – And Improve Policing” – Dr. Philip Atiba Goff

“I Love Being A Police Officer, But We Need Reform” – Melvin Russel

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