Books, articles, and educational resources on history, anti-racism and the black experience

June 13, 2020
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A non-exhaustive list of books and resources. Please send your additions to


Non-fiction :

Slay In Your Lane by Elizabeth Uviebinené & Yomi Adegoke

Natives: Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala by Akala

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

White Rage by Carol Anderson

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity by Kwame Anthony

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

I am not Your Baby-Mother by Candace Braithwaite

Black, Listed: Black British Culture Explored by Jeffrey Boakye

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri

Women Race and Class by Angela Davis

White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

The Wretched of the Earth by Franz Fanon

Brit-ish by Afua Hirsch  

Aint I a Woman: Black Women & Feminism by bell hooks

How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

This is Us: Black British Women and Girls

Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History

Stolen Legacy by George James

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

Anti-Racist Baby, by Ibram X. Kendi

You're Silence Will Not Protect you by Audre Lorde

A Burst of Light by Audre Lorde

They Can't Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

Taking Up Space: The Black Girls Manifesto For Change by Chelsea Kwakye & Ore Ogunbiyi

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-First Century by Barbara Ransby

Me and White Supremacy Workbook by Layla Saad

Superior by Angela Saini

The Good Immigrant compiled by Nikesh Shukla

My Name Is Why by Lemn Sissay

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Here For It by R. Eric Thomas

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Alex Haley and Malcolm X


Americanah:Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Home Going by Yaa Gyasi

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez

Beloved & The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney by Okechukwu Nzelu

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Native Son by Richard Wright

Book inspiration on Instagram: 






Black History Month Library

Ibram X. Kendi’s reading list for The New York Times

Black Lives Matter resources

Where to buy your books:

Black-owned bookshops in London compiled byTime Out

Knights Of bookshop



About Race: Rennie Eddo-Lodge

Literary Friction: Episode: RE-RUN: Race with Renni Eddo-Lodge

Good Ancestor Podcast : Layla Saad

New Statesman Episodes: We Can't Breathe; Diminished Return; Statues and Liberties

Culture Call: 15 May Slave Play - interview with Jeremy O Harris

Slay in Your Lane: with Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené 

Ctrl Alt Delete Episodes: #198 Rachel Cargle and #266 Layla F Saad


Code Switch: NPR

Brenee Brown interview with Ibram X. Kendi

The Nod 

How to Survive the End of the World

Scene on Radio: Season 2 - Seeing Whiteness 2017

Films / drama

13th - Netflix

Atlanta - BBC

Dear White People - Netflix

Get Out - Netflix

I Am Not Your Negro - Prime

Little Fires Everywhere - Prime

Sorry to Bother You

When they see us - Netflix

Articles, opinion, debate


NPR Code Switch:

Candice Brathwaite interview by Johanna Thomas-Corr for the Observer 

Bernadine Evaristo on inclusive publishing for British Vogue 

Yomi Adegoke on the "pics or it didn't happen approach" for British Vogue 

8 Books by Black authors that aren't about Black pain by Natalie Morris for Metro 

Fighting racism requires more than hashtags by Nesrine Malik for The Guardian 

Why You Should Say Black Lives Matter by Bob and Peppermint 

The Resilience of Marga Griesbach by Rebecca Traister for New York magazine

Why You Need To Stop Saying “All Lives Matter” by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle for Harper’s Bazaar 

Books and articles discussing the prison system and police:

Are prisons obsolete by Angela Davis 

Building a police-free society

The Best Way to “Reform” the Police Is to Defund the Police - an interview with Alex S Vitale for Jacobin

Anti-racism educators to follow on Social Media:






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