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Knowledge is Power: What We’re Reading for an Anti-Racist Education

The unjust killing of George Floyd, and the countless other innocent Black men and women before him, have shaken us to our very core. We stand with the Black community and are wholeheartedly committed to creating a better country by way of a better company. Through every conversation, newfound resource, and moment of self-reflection that has come from these recent events, one thing has become abundantly clear: we have work to do. They say knowledge is power, so we’re sharing the titles that we’re turning to for an anti-racist education that lasts far beyond today.

It’s our duty as a company and as individuals to actively listen, learn, and seek out ways to dismantle the inequities that we have inadvertently sustained. Education is just our beginning. Below, the reads showing us the way to a better tomorrow. Before you purchase online through larger retailers, let’s start with this: a comprehensive list of black-owned bookstores.

The Case for Reparations – Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

Self-Portrait in Black and White – Thomas Chatterton Williams

The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America – Ibram X. Kendi

America’s Original Sin – Jim Wallis

How to Be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi

The Warmth of Other Sons: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration – Isabel Wilkerson

Tears We Cannot Stop – Michael Eric Dyson

Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson

Citizen: An American Lyric – Claudia Rankine

White Fragility – Robin DiAngelo

Negroland – Margo Jefferson

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot – Mikki Kendall

Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
Photos by Heather Moore