Books on Race, Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Race Relations for Adults and Children
Childrenâs books about cultural diversity and inclusion
Audiobooks on race and education in America
Cincinnati Black Authors who authored books about race relations
Books on equity and inclusion in the workplace
The recent Black Lives Matter and social justice movement across the United States and around the world is not new. In part, based on systemic and systematic racism, the intersection of race, race relations, and racial prejudice have plighted African and Black Americans, LatinX, indigenous people and people of color for centuries.
This current movement had reached heightened levels in many societal areas. One manifestation is in the field of police activities and community relations. To try to understand these topics, as well as the intertwining of the issues of race and race relations on a local, regional, and national level, Eric Jackson, Ph.D., professor of African American Studies at Northern Kentucky University, identified twenty must-read books for adults, college students, teens and grade-school students.
Eduardo Bonilla-Silvaâs Racism without Racist. This book explores the type of racism that exists in contemporary America. More specifically, the author defines this new type of racism as âcolor-blind racismâ because it involves the perpetuation of white dominance and privilege more passively than racism was carried out in the past. Often those who display color-blind racism think they are not racist.
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Patricia Hill Collinsâ Black Feminist Thought. In this outstanding volume, the author explores the words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals as well as those African American women outside the academe. The author provides an interpretive framework for the work of such prominent Black feminist thinkers as Angela Davis, bell hooks, Alice Walker, and Audre Lorde.
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Angela Davisâ Women, Race, and Class. In this classic book, the author creates a compelling study of the womenâs liberation movement in the United States, from abolitionist days to the present, which demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders.
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bell hooksâ Killing Rage. In this compelling volume, the author argues that eradicating racism and sexism must go hand in hand.
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Martin Luther King, Jrâs Why We Canât Wait. In this classic book, the author explores, in great detail, the various events and forces behind the Civil Rights Movement, especially the situation that led to the authorâs writing of the âLetter from Birmingham Jailâ.
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Ralph Ellisonâs The Invisible Man. This classic book examines the plight of a nameless narrator of the novel who describes growing up in a Black American community in the South, attending a Historically Black college from which he is expelled. He moves to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of âthe Brotherhoodâ and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the âinvisible manâ he imagines himself to be.
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Toni Morrisonâs Beloved. In this emotional story, Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later, she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened.
Mamie Till-Mosleyâs Death of the Innocence. In this powerful and emotional book, the author displays the mother of Emmett Till recounting the story of her life, her sonâs tragic death, and the dawn of the civil rights movement.
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Bryan Stevensonâs Just Mercy. In this powerful and emotional book, the author, a brilliant lawyer, tells a true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of criminal justice.
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Carter G. Woodsonâs The Miseducation of the Negro. First published in 1933, this class study illustrates that Black Americans of his day were being culturally indoctrinated, rather than taught, in American schools. This conditioning, the author concludes, caused Black Americans to become dependent and to seek out inferior places in the greater society of which they are a part.
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K â 12
Sharon Draperâs Copper Sun. This book displays the epic story of a young girl who is torn from her African village, sold into enslavement, and stripped of everything she has ever known, except hope.
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Vanessa Brantley-Newtonâs Grandmaâs Purse. In this charming picture book, the author shows that when Grandma Mimi comes to visit, she always brings warm hugs, sweet treats, and her purse for her special her granddaughter.
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Cheryl Willis Hudsonâs We Rise We Resist We Raise Our Voices. In this captivating volume, the author collects the writings and views of fifty of the foremost diverse childrenâs authors and illustrators to answer the question â âIn this divisive world, what shall we tell our children?â
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Varian Johnsonâs What were the Negro Leagues. This outstanding book chronicles the history of the âNegroâ Baseball leagues.
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Jelani Memoryâs A Kids Book about Racism. In this book, you will find a clear description of what racism is, how it makes people feel when they experience it, and how to spot it when it happens.
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Lupita Nyongâ oâ Sulwe. In this critically acclaimed book, the author follows the story of a young girl who wishes for her dark skin to be lighter. The story is ultimately about colorism and learning to love oneself, no matter oneâs skin tone.
Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendiâs Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. This book helps us better understand why we are where we are based on the issue of race.
Margot Lee Shetterlyâs Hidden Figures. This book tells the phenomenal true story of the Black American female mathematicians at NASA, whose calculations helped fuel some of Americaâs greatest achievements in space.
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Megan Stineâs Who is Michelle Obama? This book chronicles the life story of First Lady Michelle Obama.
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Rita Williams-Garciaâs One Crazy Summer. This inspiring book tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them.
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About the author, Eric R. Jackson
With twenty-eight years of academic experience at the university level, Dr. Eric R. Jackson teaches in the fields of American and African American History/Studies, Race Relations, and Peace Studies. He has published over 50 publications, including journals such as Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies, the Journal of African American History, and the International Journal of World Peace. Dr. Jackson also received the Goodwill Ambassador for the Golden Rule Award in 2016 and the Second International World Civility Award from IChange Nations in 2017.
Dr. Eric R. Jackson
Professor of History â Director, Black Studies Program
Northern Kentucky University
Phone â 859-572-6146