read, so we don't have to read you.

One of the most obvious changes we can make is through reading. The average commuter in the UK spends two hours a day commuting, so think of all that time you can spend enlightening yourself. Below is a list of books to add to your reading list. Here is one list made by a friend of ours, Salma.

Originally, I was going to link this to a place where you could buy like Amazon, but given how many big corporations are already trying to profit off this movement with empty statements about Diversity, I've instead put a link at the bottom of the page to the UK Black Writer's forum where you can find a list of Black owned bookshops you can purchase from. 

Non-Fiction Books

  • How to Be an Antiracist/Ibram X. Kendi/2019 

  • White Fragility/Robin J. Diangelo/June 26, 2018

  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race/Beverley Daniel Tatum/2017 

  • White Rage/Carol Anderson/2017 

  • Between the World and Me/Ta-Nehisi Coates/2015

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness/Michelle Alexander/2010

  • The World That Made New Orleans/Ned Sublette/2008

  • Black Feminist Thought/Patricia Hill Collins/2000

  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower/Brittney Cooper/2018

  • Heavy: An American Memoir/Kiese Laymon/2018

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings/Maya Angelou/1969

  • Just Mercy/Bryan Stevenson/2014

  • Me and White Supremacy/Layla F. Saad/2020

  • Raising our Hands/Jenna Arnold/2020

  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love, and So Much More/Janet Mock/2014

  • Sister Outsider/Audre Lord/1984

  • So You Want to Talk About Race/Ijeoma Oluo/2018

  • The Fire Next Time/James Baldwin/1962

  • The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century/Grace Lee Boggs, Scott Kurashige, and Danny Glover/2011

  • The Warmth of Other Suns/Isabel Wilkerson/2010

  • This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color/Roasrio Morales/1984

  • Women, Race, and Class/Angela Davis/1981

  • Are Prisons Obsolete?/Angela Davis/2003

  • I'm Still Here. Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness/ Austin Channing Brown/2018

  • Black Marxism: The Making of Black Radical Tradition/Cedric Robinson/1983

  • Wretched of the Earth/Frantz Fanon/1961

  • Black Skin, White Masks/Frantz Fanon/1952

  • Common Ground/J. Anthony Lukas/1985

  • The Girl Who Smiled Beads - by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil

  • Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race/Debby Irving/2014

  • Well Read Black Girl - by Glory Edim

On The Black British Experience in particular 

  • Black and British - David Olusoga/2016

  • The Good Immigrant - Nikesh Shukla/2016

  • Brit/ish - Afua Hirsch/2018

  • Mother Country - ed Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff/2018

  • Natives - Akala/2017

  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race/Renni Eddo-Lodge/2017

  • There ain't no Black in the Union Jack - Paul Gilroy/1987

Fiction Books

  • Queenie - Candice Carty-Williams

  • Such a Fun Age - Kiley Reid

  • The Nichol Boys - Colson Whitehead

  • The Water Dancer - Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • What We Lose - Zinzi Clemmons 

  • Grand Union - Zadie Smith

  • The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

  • Beloved - Toni Morrison

  • An American Marriage - Tayari Jones 

  • The Colour Purple - Alice Walker

  • Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

UK Black Writers Forum - Black British Bookshops click here

Here are also some key essays/articles you can read as well!

In addition, this incredible Google Doc was put together by Hettie McIntyre and is full of amazing texts that will educate you. There is articles on Black Feminism, Black Film Theory, Police Brutality, White Privilege and many more.

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