Times Are Dark, Stay Awake – Reading List

I’ve had a few people ask me about what books to read in order to gain more understanding about the hidden topics behind the black race. I’ve found the perfect list on Left-Bank.com, and have added a few more from those suggested to me. I feel it’s important to know your culture’s history, and know why things are the way that they are. There is no way we can all be on the same page if the majority of us are sleepwalking. So crack open those books and relearn.

Civil Rights History

Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy by Bruce Watson

Lynching of Cleo Wright by Dominic J. Capeci JR

The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell

The Eve of Destruction: How 1965 Transformed America by James T. Patterson

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund S. Morgan A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School by Carlotta Walls

Lanier Olivia’s Story: The Conspiracy of Heroes Behind Shelley V. Kraemer by Jeffrey S. Copeland

Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David Chappell

Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, the Crisis That Shocked the Nation by Elizabeth Jacoway

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose

Buried in the Bitter Waters: The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America by Elliot Jaspin

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet Washington

Race Riot: Chicago in the Red Summer of 1919 by William Tuttle

Strange Fruit, Volume I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History by Joel Christian Gill, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn Sokol Jason A Black Gambler’s World of Liquor, Vice, and Presidential Politics: William Thomas Scott of Illinois, 1839-1917 by Bruce Mouser, Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Black Moses: The Story of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association by E. David Cronon

Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James Loewen

Contemporary Civil Rights Issues Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America by Eugene Robinson

The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t and Why by Jabari Asim

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel

The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues by Angela Y. Davis

Creative Community Organizing: A Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activists, and Quiet Lovers of Justice by Si Kahn

The House That Race Built edited by Wahneema Lubiano

Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century by Monique W. Morris

Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect by Robert J. Sampson

The News: A User’s Manual by Alain De Botton Combined Destinies: Whites Sharing Grief about Racism by Jealous T. Ann

The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Mat Taibbi

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise

Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk about Race and How to Do It by Shelly Tochluk

Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class Ian Haney-Lopez

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Between the World and Me by Ta-Neishi Coats

The Color of Water by James McBride


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