We’re dedicated to becoming better allies through educating ourselves on racism and addressing the inequality in our world. In addition to peacefully protesting, using our voices, pledging as a company to do more, and demanding change—helping end racism starts with doing the work. This means taking the time to reflect, reading the books that explain the history of the Black Lives Matter movement, watching the films and documentaries that portray racial injustice, supporting Black-owned businesses, and facing uncomfortable conversations with our friends and family.
Today we’re highlighting a selection of books to read so you can start doing the work and keep true to your word. We’ve linked each book to Black-owned bookstores in an effort to support the Black community—it’s a small action that can make a big impact on BIPOC’s financial growth. You might have to pre-order some of the reads on the list, but it was more important to us to support small stores over simply linking out to Amazon. Scroll on to learn our list (children’s books included too at the end).
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
White Rage by Carol Anderson Ph.D.
This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins
Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr.
The Devil Finds Work by James Baldwin
The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy Tyson
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Good Talk by Mira Jacob
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

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