“I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”

Harriet Tubman

There are several ideas on empowering underserved communities that have gained historical consensus:

  • To empower Black communities, we must educate them;
  • To effectively educate our communities we must teach them history.

The Warmth of Other Suns

Author Isabel Wilkerson
In many ways The Warmth of Other Suns seeks to tell a new story—about the Great Migration of southern blacks to the north—and to set the record straight about the true significance of that migration. This book combines a sweeping historical perspective with vivid intimate portraits of three individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, George Swanson Starling, and Robert Pershing Foster.

Read More

Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism

Arthur James W. Loewen
In this groundbreaking work, bestselling sociologist James W. Loewen, author of the national bestseller Lies My Teacher Told Me, brings to light decades of hidden racial exclusion in America.

Read More

The Blood of Emmett Till

Author Timothy B. Tyson
In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. His murder was part of a wave of white terrorism in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared public school segregation unconstitutional.

Read More

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Author Richard Rothstein
The laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments—that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. There is no better history of this troubled journey than “The Color of Law.”

Read More

Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero

Author Cate Lineberry
It was a mild May morning in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1862, the second year of the Civil War, when a twenty-three-year-old enslaved man named Robert Smalls boldly seized a Confederate steamer.

Read More

A Colony in a Nation

Author Chris Hayes
America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a postracial world, yet nearly every empirical measure—wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation—reveals that racial inequality has barely improved since 1968, when Richard Nixon became our first “law and order” president.

Read More

This Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement

Author Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II with Jonahtan Wilson-Hartgrove
At a time when divide-and-conquer politics are exacerbating racial strife and economic inequality, Rev. Barber offers an impassioned, historically grounded argument …

Read More

Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment

Author Angela J. Davis
A comprehensive, readable analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, this thought-provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation’s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars.

Read More

In “Chokehold: Policing Black Men,” Attorney Paul Butler Takes on Police Brutality

Author Paul Butler
Police brutality in the Black community is as old as law enforcement itself.  Former federal prosecutor Paul Butler speaks in depth on the issue in his new book, “Chokehold: Policing Black Men.”

Read More

Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond

Author Marc Lamont Hill
Heralded as an essential text for our times, Marc Lamont Hill’s galvanizing work embodies the best traditions of scholarship, journalism, and storytelling to lift unheard voices and to address the necessary question, “how did we get here?”

Read More

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

Author Douglas A. Blackmon
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War

Read More

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

Author James Forman, Jr.
Forman shows us that the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office amid a surge in crime and drug addiction.

Read More

Book Feature: False Black Power?

Author Jason L. Riley
Black civil rights leaders have long supported ethnic identity politics and prioritized the integration of political institutions, and seldom has that strategy been questioned.

Read More

On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City

Author Alice Goffman
Alice Goffman spent six years in one Philadelphia neighborhood, documenting the routine stops, searches, raids, and beatings that young men navigate as they come of age.

Read More

Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination

Author Herb Boyd
The author of Baldwin’s Harlem looks at the evolving culture, politics, economics, and spiritual life of Detroit—a blend of memoir, love letter, history, and clear-eyed reportage …

Read More

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

Author Ari Berman
There have been countless books written about the civil rights movement, but far less attention has been paid to what happened after the dramatic passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 …

Read More

Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women

Authors Susan Burton & Cari Lynn
Forward by Michelle Alexander
One woman’s remarkable odyssey from tragedy to prison to recovery—and recognition as a leading figure in the national justice reform movement

Read More

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Author Michelle Alexander
The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status

Read More

Book Review: Killers of the Flower Moon

Author David Grann
“Disturbing and riveting…Grann has proved himself a master of spinning delicious, many-layered mysteries that

Read More

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Author Ibram X. Kendi
Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism….

Read More

Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom

Author Condoleezza Rice
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!  From the former secretary of state and bestselling author — a sweeping look at the global struggle for democracy and why America must continue to support the cause of human freedom.

Read More