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*Black authors/filmmakers

Books

So You Want to Talk About Race author: Ijeoma Oluo*

This book is a starting point for those who want to have more and better conversations about race and racial injustice. Its topics range from white privilege to systemic discrimination and help clarify what we need to do to end the racial divide.

The New Jim Crow author: Michelle Alexander*

Written by a civil rights lawyer and legal scholar, "The New Jim Crow" highlights how the federal drug policy unfairly targets communities of color. It deals with the problem of mass incarceration of Blacks being kept in a cycle of poverty and in prison, denying them the rights supposedly won in the Civil Right Movement.

White Fragility author: Robin DiAngelo

Author and anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo defines white fragility as “the phenomenon by which white people become angry, defensive, or hostile when confronted with the idea that they are complicit in systemic racism.” As a white woman herself, DiAngelo discusses the differences between racism, racial prejudice and racial discrimination.

How to Be an Anti-Racist author: Ibram X. Kendi*

Ibram X Kendi’s memoir, How to Be an Antiracist is for people who want to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next steps of making a difference.

Between the World and Me author: Ta-Nehisi Coates*

Between the World and Me is a 2015 nonfiction book. It is written as a letter to the author's teenage son and tells the reality of the daily concerns of a Black man in the US.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? author Beverly Tatum*

Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, wrote this to educate and generate healthy discussions about race. This book has been used in many college and high school classrooms.

White Rage: the Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide author: Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson is an acclaimed historian and professor at Emory University. This 2016 nonfiction book describes forces opposed to Black progress in America and links these with historical events.

Just Mercy author: Bryan Stevenson*

This true story tells of Bryon Stevenson (founder of the Equal Justice Initiative) and Walter McMillian, a black man who was wrongly accused of murder and sentenced to death in the late 1980’s.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X author: as Told to Alex Haley*

The Autobiography of Malcolm X was published in 1965, the result of a collaboration between human rights activist Malcolm X and journalist Alex Haley. Haley coauthored the autobiography based on a series of in-depth interviews he conducted between 1963 and Malcolm X's 1965 assassination.

Stamped From the Beginning author: Ibram X. Kendi*

This is the story of how racist ideas that have shaped the course of American history. The author uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to explore this history: Puritan minister Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and legendary activist Angela Davis.

Movies

Do the Right Thing* R 1989 ‧ Drama/Comedy-drama ‧ 2h 5m

Salvatore "Sal" Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin' Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin' Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.

Malcolm X PG-13 1992 ‧ Drama/Drama ‧ 3h 22m

A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left a legacy of self-determination and racial pride.

If Beale Street Could Talk* R 2018 ‧ Romance/Drama ‧ 1h 59m

In the early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Fruitvale Station*. R 2013 ‧ Drama/Indie film ‧ 1h 30m

Though he once spent time in San Quentin, 22-year-old black man Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) is now trying hard to live a clean life and support his girlfriend (Melonie Diaz) and young daughter (Ariana Neal). Flashbacks reveal the last day in Oscar's life, in which he accompanied his family and friends to San Francisco to watch fireworks on New Year's Eve, and, on the way back home, became swept up in an altercation with police that ended in tragedy. Based on a true story.

13th NR 2016 ‧ Documentary/History ‧ 1h 40m

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

Selma* PG 13 2014 ‧ Drama/Historical drama ‧ 2h 8m

Selma is a 2014 historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches initiated and directed by James Bevel and led by Martin Luther King Jr., Hosea Williams, and John Lewis.

The Hate U Give* PG 13 2018 ‧ Drama/Crime ‧ 2h 13m

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right.

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