So you want to talk about race / Ijeoma Oluo
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life. Available from Libby (Overdrive) and Hoopla.
Me and white supremacy : combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor / Layla F. Saad
The host of the “Good Ancestor” podcast presents an updated and expanded edition of the Instagram challenge that launched a cultural movement about taking responsibility for first-person racism to stop unconsciously inflicting pain on others. Available from Libby (Overdrive) and Hoopla.
Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption / Bryan Stevenson
The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice. Available from Libby (Overdrive). Also available in youth edition and movie adaptation.
Evicted : poverty and profit in the American city / Matthew Desmond
A Harvard sociologist examines the challenge of eviction as a cause of poverty in America, revealing how people are forced from their homes and reduced to cycles of extreme disadvantage that are reinforced by legal systems. Available from Libby (Overdrive).
Open season : legalized genocide of colored people / Ben Crump
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The president of the National Bar Association and a civil rights attorney chronicles his most memorable legal battles, including Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, and describes the hidden and systemic injustices minorities face in the U.S. legal system.
I'm Still Here : Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness / Austin Channing Brown
The author shares her experiences of growing up black, Christian, and female in white America, exploring the country's racial divide at all levels of society and how overcoming apathy and focusing on God's work in the world can heal persistent divisions.