#WENRECOMMENDS UNLEARNING

Black Lives Matter
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BOOKS

Black Lives Matter

What’s on Wen’s book shelf

Ain’t I a Woman by bell hooks Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde  Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin  The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin  Beloved by Toni Morrison  Think like a White Man by Dr Boule Whytelaw III Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Books to help you understand & fight white supremacy

This is an Australian book company, but well worth looking at their recommendations. GET THE LIST

 Amplify Melanated Voices 

This list of books has been curated by Victoria Alexander.  Follow her on social media: Instagram and twitter.

Anti-Racist Starter Kit:

  1. Stamped from the Beginning – Ibram X Kendi
  2. A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn (There is a “young people’s” version for elementary and middle school readers)
  3. White Fragility – Robin Diangelo
  4. So you want to talk about race – Ijeoma Oluo
  5. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown
  6. Me and White Supremacy – Layla F Saad
  7. Stamped – Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

Anti Racist List Black LGBTQ+:

  1. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
  2. Zami – Audre Lorde
  3. Real Life – Brandon Taylor
  4. Unapologetic A black, queer, and feminist Mandate for Radical Movements – Charlene A Carruthers
  5. No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies – E. Patrick Johnson
  6. Since I Laid My Burden Down – Brontez Purnell
  7. The Other Side of Paradise – Staceyann Chin
  8. No Ashes in the Fire – Darnell L. Moore
  9. The Summer We Got Free – Mia McKenzie
  10. Black Like Me – John Howard Griffin
  11. Rising Out of Hatred – Eli Saslow
  12. Black On Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity – C. Riley Snorton

Anti-Racist Lit; Bios, Non-fiction, novels, personal narratives:

  1. The Warmth of Other Sons – Isabel Wilkerson
  2. The Fire Next time – James Baldwin
  3. Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  4. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  5. Killing Rage Ending Racism – bell hooks
  6. Becoming – Michelle Obama
  7. An American By Marriage – Tayari Jones
  8. A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota –
  9. The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother – James McBride
  10. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson
  11. The Myth Of Race – Robert Sussman
  12. Anti-Racist Lit – Black Feminism:
  13. How we Get Free – Keeanga-Yamhtta Taylor
  14. Black Feminists Thought – Patricia Hill Collins
  15. Ain’t I a Woman Black Women and Feminism – Bell Hooks
  16. Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
  17. Eloquent Rage – Brittney Cooper
  18. In Search of Our Mothers Gardens – Alice Walker
  19. Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde
  20. Women Race & Class – Angela Y Davis
  21. Assata: An Autobiography – Assata Shakur
  22. To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe – Akwugo Emejulu and Francesca Sobande

Anti-Racist Intermediate Kit:

  1. The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America – Anders Walker
  2. The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
  3. The Condemnation of Blackness – Khalil Gibran Muhammad
  4. Dying of Whiteness – Jonathan Metzl
  5. A Different Mirror – Ronald Takaki
  6. How to be an AntiRacist – Ibram X Kendi
  7. How the South Won the Civil War – Heather Cox Richardson
  8. Evicted – Matthew Desmond
  9. Nobody – Marc Lamont Hill
  10. Lies My Teacher Told Me – James W Loewen
  11. Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria – Berver Doniel Tatum, PhD
  12. The Color of Law – Richard Rothstein
  13. Blackballed – Darryl Pinkney

RESOURCES & TOOLS

Unlearning toolkit

RESOURCES & TOOLS REGARDING RACISM & ANTI/BLACKNESS & How to be a Better Ally

This 1 pager includes links to articles, books, petitions, podcasts, films and resources for teachers. Compiled by Tatum Dorrell, Matt Herndon, Jourdan Dorrell. GET RESOURCES

UK EDUCATIONAL ANTI-RACIST EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES 

This google doc contains info on organisations and campaigns to support. Books, including children’s books, documentaries and talks, films, articles, podcasts, courses. Compiled by S. Adetoro @msadetoro  GET RESOURCES
Unlearning toolkit
Unlearning toolkit

BLACK HISTORY MONTH LIBRARY

This extensive library of resources includes black feminism, film, newspapers, speeches and more. Folders with information about Toni Morrison, bell hooks, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks to name just a few.  GET RESOURCES

PODCASTS

ABOUT RACE WITH RENI EDDO-LODGE

From the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (http://renieddolodge.co.uk/books/) comes a podcast that takes the conversation a step further. Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today. Join the conversation using the hashtag #AboutRacewithReni
listen

CODE SWITCH

What’s CODE SWITCH? It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of colour the podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. Exploring how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. listen

NO COUNTRY FOR YOUNG WOMEN

Life, love and work in a white man’s world. Two women discuss what it’s like being British woman of colour in the UK today and all their experiences. listen

INTERSECTIONALITY MATTERS

Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.
listen

SOOO MANY WHITE GUYS

Sooo Many White Guys is a podcast hosted by Phoebe Robinson as a response to the predominance of white males in comedy, the podcast features guests who are mostly non-white, non-males. The podcast hosts women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community.
listen

THE YIKES PODCAST

Do you ever find yourself saying ‘YIKES’ about things happening in the world? Climate Change, Human Rights and the messiness of everything going on at the moment can be really overwhelming BUT Mikaela Loach and Jo Becker want to provide a space to chat about these things and find hope in the midst of it all.
listen

FILMS & TV

  • 13th
  • Queen Sugar
  • Hidden Figures
  • Just Mercy
  • The Obituary of Tunde Johnson
  • Malcolm X
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Selma
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Queen & Slim
  • Get Out
  • Blindspotting

IZZY METCALF, VOLUNTEER

Izzy has been busy curating and posting our #WenRecommends series on Instagram stories on Wednesdays. Izzy is a student at Lancaster University.

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