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.
By William Barber II, Liz Theoharis, Richard H. Lowery
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II has been called “the closest person we have to Martin Luther King Jr. in our midst” (Cornel West) and “one of the most gifted organizers and orators in the country today”.
By Michael Harrington
“The poor are not like everyone else. They are a different kind of people. They think and feel differently; they look upon a different American than the middle class looks upon. They, and not the quietly desperate clerk or the harried executive, are the main victims of this society’s tension and conflict.”
By Anne Moody
A rare exception is Anne Moody’s “Coming of Age in Mississippi,” which was published in 1968. It spoke to the day’s pressing issues – poverty, race and civil rights – with an urgent timeliness. Instead, 50 years later, the book still commands a wide readership.
By Carol Anderson
From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of White Rage, the startling–and timely–history of voter suppression in America, with a foreword by Senator Dick Durbin.
New Book Celebrates the Power of Black Fatherhood & Challenges Contemporary Myths About Black Fathers
By David Miller
Miller, a husband, father of three, writer, and social entrepreneur, has released Lessons We Learned from Our Fathers: Reflections from the Men In Our Lives.
By Ibtihaj Muhammad
Growing up in New Jersey as the only African American Muslim at school, Ibtihaj Muhammad always had to find her own way. When she discovered fencing, a sport traditionally reserved for the wealthy, she had to defy expectations and make a place for herself in a sport she grew to love.
Cyber Racism: White Supremacy Online and the New Attack on Civil Rights (Perspectives on a Multiracial America)
By Jessie Daniels
In this exploration of the way racism is translated from the print-only era to the cyber era the author takes the reader through a devastatingly informative tour of white supremacy online. The book examines how white supremacist organizations have translated their printed publications onto the Internet.
By Rachel Devlin
“Before reading A Girl Stands at the Door I would have imagined that nothing new could be said about the struggle to desegregate schools—and I would have been wrong. Rachel Devlin has uncovered a neglected history of how parents and, importantly, children braved rejection, hostility, even assault to insist on their right to a decent education.
What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America
By Michael Eric Dyson
The fraught conflict between conscience and politics – between morality and power – in addressing race hardly began with Clinton. An electrifying and traumatic encounter in the sixties crystallized these furious disputes.
By Dominique DuBois Gilliard
The United States has more people locked up in jails, prisons, and detention centers than any other country in the history of the world. Mass incarceration has become a lucrative industry, and the criminal justice system is plagued with bias and unjust practices. And the church has unwittingly contributed to the problem.
Allan J. Lichtman
An alarming, important, perhaps even essential book. A noted authority on the history of American voting returns with a disturbing account of American political leaders who have, since the beginning of the republic, worked to limit the franchise.
By Anthony Ray Hinton
In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence
“Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race”
By Derald Wing Sue
If you believe that talking about race is impolite, or that “colorblindness” is the preferred approach, you must read this book. “Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence” debunks the most pervasive myths…
By Jeff Hobbs
This moving biography recounts the life of Robert Peace, a young man who escaped the streets of Newark, New Jersey, to attend Yale University — only to lose his life after graduating.
By Monique Morris
Just 16 percent of female students, Black girls make up more than one-third of all girls with a school-related arrest. The first trade book to tell these untold stories.
By Dr. Dambisa Moyo
In Edge of Chaos, Dambisa Moyo shows why economic growth is essential to global stability, and why liberal democracies are failing to produce it today.
Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires
By Shomari Wills
By telling the little-known stories of six pioneering African American entrepreneurs, Black Fortunes makes a worthy contribution to black history, to business history, and to American history.
By Will Willimon
By hearing black pain, naming white complicity, critiquing American exceptionalism/civil religion, inviting/challenging the church, and attending to African American pastors, this book helps pastors of white, mainline Protestant churches
By Ijeoma Oluo
In “So You Want to Talk About Race”, editor at large of The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word.
By Michael Tesler
Michael Tesler shows how, in the years that followed the 2008 election—a presidential election more polarized by racial attitudes than any other in modern times—racial considerations have come increasingly to influence many aspects of political decision making.