The Ultimate Guides To Black Lives Matter

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Following the resurgence of the black lives matter movement, you may be looking for additional information and a better understanding of the importance of this movement in today’s society. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of 13 great books sure to give you just that including personal narratives and non-fiction you may have never considered before. Education is crucial when it comes to social issues, take a look below.  

The Black Girl’s Guide to Healing Emotional Wounds by Nijiama Smalls

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What is often left out of historical facts regarding slavery is the impact that slavery had on black women. This book gives the readers insight into the emotional wounds that black women suffered and continue to suffer from the legacy of slavery. Competition, low self-image, and negative perceptions of Black women were birthed out of slavery and reconstruction and carried over into today’s society. Black women carry this unhealed trauma today and it impacts the way that we relate to each other and perceive the world.

100 Questions and Answers About African Americans by Michigan State School of Journalism

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This simple, introductory guide answers 100 of the basic questions people ask about African Americans and Black people in everyday conversation. It has answers about identity, language, religion, culture, customs, social norms, economics, politics, education, work, families and food. It also covers contemporary issues of race, employment, criminal justice, heath, wealth and housing. This guide is for people in business, education, faith communities, government, medicine, law enforcement and human resources who need a starting point in learning or teaching more about African Americans.

When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

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This relatively new book co-authored by one of the Black Lives Matter founders is a personal and in-depth story about how the organization came to be. The thought-provoking narrative offers a unique and intelligent perspective on where humanity and race stand in 2020. Aptly titled When They Call You a Terrorist, it references how Black Lives Matter has been called a terrorist organization and the book helps to illustrate how absurd that notion is. A must-have book for anyone looking to get the inside scoop on Black Lives Matter and how they went on to become the powerful force for social change that they have become today.

My Vanishing Country by Bakari Sellers

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Part memoir, part historical and cultural analysis, *My Vanishing Country* is an eye-opening journey through the South’s past, present, and future. Anchored in in Bakari Seller’s hometown of Denmark, South Carolina, Country illuminates the pride and pain that continues to fertilize the soil of one of the poorest states in the nation. He traces his father’s rise to become, friend of Stokely Carmichael and Martin Luther King, a civil rights hero, and member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) , to explore the plight of the South’s dwindling rural, black working class—many of whom can trace their ancestry back for seven generations. In his poetic personal history, we are awakened to the crisis affecting the other “Forgotten Men & Women,” who the media seldom acknowledges. For Sellers, these are his family members, neighbors, and friends. He humanizes the struggles that shape their lives: to gain access to healthcare as rural hospitals disappear; to make ends meet as the factories they have relied on shut down and move overseas; to hold on to precious traditions as their towns erode; to forge a path forward without succumbing to despair.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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A girl witnessed a murder scene of her best friend shoot by a police officer. as everyone took to the street protesting against police brutality. to open up the case she was brought to testify on what really happened that night, but whatever she said will open up her community but endangered her life.

They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

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This book is a must-read for anyone looking to understand the struggle for equality and stand behind the #BLM movement. Lowery presents a deeply researched insight into police violence in an effort to understand Michael Brown’s death and injustice in the black community. This is a deeply significant book that exposes the tragedy of inequality from its very core.

White Rage by Carol Anderson

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This book breaks down concepts of White supremacy and the dominant ideology that maintains structural systems in place. It outlines concepts that are easily explained for White readers who seek to “unlearn” a lot of what they have been taught, and helps all readers navigate the hegemonic cultural structures that account for the imbalances and oppressive systems that adversely affect African-Americans.

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

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This book is a must-read to uncover complexities of racial identity for different national, racial and ethnic groups—including Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, American Indians and other groups. This is a book that requires readers to suspend judgment and become more receptive to its direct, honest language. It is particularly useful for those who want to be equipped with the language to better articulate race relations within common debates, e.g., Affirmative Action, and other contemporary contexts, including the criminal justice system, the Presidential elections, education systems in America and more.

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

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This book requires readers—and in particular—White readers—to honestly and directly face their unconscious biases and any underlying prejudices. For Black people and people of color (POC) who are engaged in conversations with White audiences that seek to be a solution to the problem, this book is a resource tool that explains the psychological dimension of racism, addresses concepts of White privilege and positions readers to come to a better place of self-awareness and understanding.

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

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This book gives a historical account of racism and the legacy of slavery. It discusses the pervasive nature of racism and encourages readers to make connections between history and present, through discussions of the Civil Rights movement, Jim Crow laws, and other racially disproportionate systems. The book challenges readers to examine their own and others’ biases, privileges and racist thinking.

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

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This book is a historically-written account of the author’s lived experiences and realities. The book prompts a self-reflection and details the raw thoughts, feelings, and truths of James Baldwin that would resonate with readers’ emotions. Through personal stories and anecdotes, the authors uses this memoir as a channel to connect directly with readers who can identify with him.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

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As we all know, Malcolm X is a civil rights leader who fought for the rights of African Americans. This book tells the story of Malcolm X of how he strived to become the person he is.

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

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A book that was written by a great man who spent 27 years in prison. He talks about his childhood, his struggles in prison, and how he kept his dignity and humanity in the fight for racial equality.

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