GDN recommends reading our books of knowledge reviews and viewing the video clips in the following order:

Book One


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


 

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—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.

Book Two


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


 

It explores the forced labor of imprisoned black men and women, through the convict lease system used by states, local governments, white farmers, and corporations after the American Civil War until World War II in the southern United States.

Book Three


By Rev. Dr. William Barber:
The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear


 

A modern-day civil rights champion tells the stirring story of how he helped start a movement to bridge America’s racial divide.


Each week GDN will feature a book review and video of a world class expert on a topic of the Black experience in America. In addition to the book review, we always link a video clip interview of the author to give you even greater insight into the topic. So, if you don’t have time to read, you can simply start a video and listen. The book review and video take 1-1½ hours on average per topic.

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These and numerous other resources are archived at here. Additional publications that should receive high priority are:

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

Ari Berman | Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America;

Angela J. Davis | Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment