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Conversations on Black Identity and White Supremacy in America: Faculty & Staff Book Recommendations

Book Recommendations

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Faculty & Staff Suggested Books:
Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America by John Lewis (2017).  ISBN: 978-0316510936
Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by Bell Hooks (1981). ISBN: 9781138821514
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (2020}.  ISBN: 978-1250209764
An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz (2018).  ISBN: 9780807005934
Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully About Racism by Carolyn B. Helsel (2018).  ISBN:9780827200722
Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2009).  ISBN: 978-0385527460
Before the Mayflower: A History of the Negro in America, 1619-1962 by Lerone Bennet (2016). ISBN: 978-1684220403
Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (2020).  ISBN: 0525575324 
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015). ISBN: 978-0812993547
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt (2019) ISBN:  ‎9780735224957
The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America's Law Enforcement by Matthew Horace   and Ron Harris (2019). ISBN: 978-0316440097
The Black and White: Disrupting Racism One Friendship at a Time by Teesha Hadra and John Hambrick (2019).  ISBN: 9781501879173
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (1993).  ISBN: 978-0375411557 
Born Out of Struggle: Critical Race Theory, School Creation, and the Politics of Interruption by David Omotosso Stovall (2017).  ISBN: 978-1438459141
The Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom By Eddie R. Cole (2020).  ISBN:  978-0691206745
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (2020).  ISBN: 978-0593230251
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin (2021).  ISBN: 978-0316509886
Clean and White: A History of Environmental Racism in the United States by Carl A. Zimring (2016) ISBN: 9781479826940
The Color of Law: The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein (2018).  ISBN:  978-1631494536
Cook County ICU: 30 years of Unforgettable Patients and Odd Cases by Cory Franklin (2015).  ISBN: 978-0897339254
County: Life Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital by David A. Ansell (2012).  ISBN: 978-0897337199
Crazy Brave: A Memoir by Joy Harjo (2013).  ISBN: 978-0393345438
Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority by Tim Wise (2012).  ISBN: 9780872865211
The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills by David A. Ansell (2019).  ISBN: 978-0226641669
Disabled Voices Anthology edited by Sb. Smith (2020).  ISBN: 978-1775301950
Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century edited by Alice Wong (2020).  ISBN: 978-1984899422
Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities by Craig Wilder (2014).  ISBN: 978-1608194025
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpowers by Brittany Cooper (2019).  ISBN: 9781250112880
Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled that Civil Rights Movement by Devery S. Anderson (2017).  ISBN:  9781496814777
ENOUGH: Say Their Names: Messages from Ground Zero to the World edited by, D. White (2020)
Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth by Derrick Bell (2003).  ISBN: 978-1582343037
Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy E. Roberts (2012).  ISBN: 978-1595588340
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1992).  ISBN: 978-0679744726
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward (2017).  ISBN:  978-1501126352
Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Davis (2016). ISBN: 978-1608465644
From Slavery To Freedom: A History of African-Americans by John Hope Franklin (2010).  ISBN:  978-0077407513
Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University by Kathleen Fitzpatrick (2019).  ISBN: 978-1421429465.
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2007).  ISBN: 978-1400095209
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas (2017). ISBN: 978-0062498533. 
His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham (2020).  ISBN: 978-0593400173
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham (2017).  ISBN: 978-1571313508
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (2016).  ISBN: 9781101971062
Hood Feminism: Notes From The Women That The Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall (2020). ISBN: 978-0525560548
How to be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi (2019). ISBN: 978-0525509288 
How We Fight White Supremacy by Akiba Solomon (2019).  ISBN: 978-1568588490
I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown (2018).  ISBN: 978-1524760854
In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens by Alice Walker (2003).  ISBN: 978-0156028646
Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing the Real Power of Diversity, by Frederick A. Miller & Judith H. Katz (2002). ISBN: 978-1576751398. 
Intersectionality in Action: A Guide for Faculty and Campus Leaders for Creating Inclusive Classrooms and Institutions; edited by Brooke Barnett & Peter Felte (2016).  ISBN: 978-1620363201
Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care, by Dayna Bowen Matthew (2018) ISBN: 978-1479851621.
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (2015).  ISBN: 978-0812984965
Life on The Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black by Gregory H. Williams (1996).  ISBN: 978-0452275331
Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity and Pedagogy by, April Baker-Bell (2020). ISBN: 978-1138551022
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by  Harriet A. Washington (2008).  ISBN: 978-0767915472
Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo (2020).  ISBN: 978-1580059510
More Myself: A Journey, by Alicia Keys (2020). ISBN: 978-1250153296. 
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (2010). ISBN: 978-1620971932
The New Queer Conscious by Adam Eli (2020).  ISBN: 978-0593093689
The Nibble Theory and the Kernel of Power: A Book About Leadership, Self-Empowerment, and Personal Growth, by Kaleel Jamison (2004). ISBN: 978-0809141876. 
Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn and Thrive, Outside the Lines by Jonathan Mooney (2020).  ISBN: 978-1250771261
One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson (2019).  ISBN: 978-1635571394
Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People by Ben Crump (2021).  ISBN: 978-0062375100
Opening Doors to Teamwork and Collaboration: 4 Keys That Change Everything, by Judith H. Katz & Frederick A. Miller (2013). ISBN: 978-1609947989. 
The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison (2017).  ISBN: 978-0674976450
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (2019).  ISBN: 978-1538732182
Parable of Talents by Octavia Butler (2019).  ISSBN: 978-1538732199
Privilege, Power, and Difference by Allan G. Johnson (2017).  ISBN: 978-1260152579
The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics (2018).  ISBN: 978-1439916391
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy DeGruy (2005). ISBN: 0963401122
Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (2017).  ISBN:  978-1442276239
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt (2013).  ISBN: 978-0307455772
Safe Enough to Soar: Accelerating Trust, Inclusion, & Collaboration in the Workplace, by Frederick A. Miller & Judith H. Katz (2018). ISBN: 978-1523098057. 
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde (2007).  ISBN: 978-1580911863
So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo (2018). ISBN: 978-1580056779
The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison (2019).  ISBN: 978-0525521037
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi (2017). ISBN:  978-1568585987 
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (2020).  ISBN: 978-0316453691
Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates Jr.(2020).  ISBN: 978-0525559559
Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James W. Loewen (2018).  ISBN: 978-1620974346
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson (2017).  ISBN: 978-1250135995
They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, And A New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery (2017).  ISBN: 978-0316312493
They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib (2017).  ISBN: 978-1937512651
The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and William Barber II (2016).  ISBN: 978-0807007419
Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of White and Black America by Zachary R. Wood (2019). ISBN: 978-1524742454
Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel.(2017).  ISBN: 978-0865718654
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet (2020).  ISBN: 978-0525536291
Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes by Bryant Terry (2020).  ISBN: 978-0399581045
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (2011).  ISBN: 978-0679763888
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2020).  ISBN: 978-0399590610
We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival (2018).  ISBN: 9781250174536
What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson (2018).  ISBN: 978-1250199416
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir: Patrisse Kahn-Cullors (2018).  ISBN: 9781250171085 .
White Awareness: Handbook for Anti-Racism Training Paperback, 2nd Edition, by Judith H. Katz (2003). ISBN: 978-0806135601.
White Fragility: Why is it so Hard for White People to Talk About Race?  by Robin DiAngelo (2018). ISBN: 978-0807047415.
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson (2017). ISBN: 978-1632864130
Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum (2017).  ISBN: 978-0465060689
Why I Am No Longer Talking To White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (2019).  ISBN: 978-1635572957