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Resources list: How to be an anti-racist and white ally

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Books 1

The University library has a dedicated recommended book list: Black Literature and Culture, which is continuously being added to, and can be accessed here.

Below is a collated list of all recommended reading.

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • A dying colonialism / Fanon Frantz
  • Always outnumbered, always outgunned / Mosleey Walter
  • American Street / Zoboi Ibi Aanu
  • Annie John / Kiincaid Jamaica
  • Are Prisons Obsolete?/Angela Davis/2003
  • Back to Black : retelling Black radicalism for the 21st century/ Andrews Kehinde
  • Barracoon: The Story of The Last Slave by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Becoming / Michelle Obama
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Between the World and Me/Ta-Nehisi Coates/2015
  • Biased by Dr Jennifer Eberhardt
  • Black and British: A Forgotten History – David Olusoga
  • Black British feminism : a reader
  • Black Feminist Thought/Patricia Hill Collins/2000
  • Black Marxism: The Making of Black Radical Tradition/Cedric Robinson/1983
  • Black Skin, White Masks/Frantz Fanon/1952
  • Black, white, and in color : essays on American literature and culture / Spillers Hortense J.
  • Blackness in Britain /
  • Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch
  • Common Ground/J. Anthony Lukas/1985
  • Dear Martin / Stone Nic
  • Death and the king's horseman / Soyinka Wole
  • Diversify by June Sarpong
  • Don't Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri
  • Einstein on Racism and Race/ Jerome Fred
  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower/Brittney Cooper/2018
  • Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
  • Go tell it on the mountain / James Baldwin
  • Half of a yellow sun / Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi
  • Heavy: An American Memoir/Kiese Laymon/2018
  • Homegoing / Gyasi Yaa
  • Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
  • How to Argue with a Racist by Adam Rutherford
  • How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Brathwaite
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings/Maya Angelou/1969
  • Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India by Shashi Tharoor
  • Invisible man / Ellison Ralph
  • Just Mercy/Bryan Stevenson/2014
  • King of kings : the triumph and tragedy of emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia / Asfa-
  • Wossen Asserate
  • Knowing Otherwise: race, gender and implicit understanding / Shotwell Alexis
  • Lucy / Jamaica Kincaid
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  • Medical apartheid : the dark history of medical experimentation on Black Americans from
  • Colonial times to the present / Harriet A Washington
  • More than Enough by Elaine Welteroth
  • Mouth full of blood : essays, speeches, meditations / Moorison Toni
  • Muhammad Ali : his life and times / Hauser Thomas
  • Native son / Ricdhard Wright
  • Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - The Sunday Times Bestseller – Akala
  • No win race / Bardowell Derek
  • Not in our lifetimes: the future of black politics/ Dawson Michael C
  • Overcoming Everyday Racism by Susan Cousins
  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
  • Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence by Derald Wing Sue
  • Raising our Hands/Jenna Arnold/2020
  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love, and So Much More/Janet
  • Mock/2014
  • Reproductive justice : an introduction / Loretta Ross
  • Resisting racism : race, inequality, and the Black supplementary school movement /
  • Andrews Kehinde
  • Seeing Race Again by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw et al.
  • Sister Outsider/Audrey Lord/1984
  • Slay in Your Lane by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené
  • So You Want to Talk About Race/Ijeoma Oluo/2018
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini
  • Swing time / Zadie Smith
  • The Bluest Eye/Toni Morrison/1970
  • The book of night women / James Marlon
  • The Clapback: Your Guide to Calling Out Racist Stereotypes by Elijah Lawal
  • The conservationist / Nadine Gordimer
  • The Fire Next Time/James Baldwin/1962

Books 2

  • The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla
  • The human genome diversity project : an ethnography of scientific practice/ M'chark
  • Amade
  • The lonely Londoners / Samuel Selvon
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in The Age of Colorblindness by Michelle
  • Alexander
  • The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century/Grace
  • Lee Boggs, Scott Kurashige, and Danny Glover/2011
  • The parable of the talents / Octavia E Butler
  • The Warmth of Other Suns/Isabel Wilkerson/2010
  • The wise mind of H.I.M. Emperor Haile Sellassie I /
  • The World That Made New Orleans/Ned Sublette/2008
  • Think Like a White Man by Boule Whytelaw and Nels Abbey
  • This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color/Roasrio Morales/1984
  • To Exist is to Resist - Black Feminism in Europe
  • Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race/Debby Irving/2014
  • What Does It Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy by Robin DiAngelo
  • What is race? who are racists? why does skin colour matter? : and other big questions /
  • When They Call You A Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society By Bhopal, Kalwant
  • White Rage/Carol Anderson/2017
  • White teeth / Zadie Smith
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations
  • About Race/Beverley Daniel Tatum/2017
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Wide Sargasso Sea / Jean Rhys
  • Women, Race, and Class/Angela Davis/1981
  • Wretched of the Earth/Frantz Fanon/1961
  • Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi


How to be an ally (scroll through the images by clicking the right arrow button on the image):

Videos online

Movies and documentaries

  • 13th/Ava Duvernay/2016 - Netflix
  • American Son/Kenny Leon/2019 - Netflix
  • Sorry To Bother You/Boots Riley/2018 - Hulu
  • Get Out/Jordan Peele/2017
  • Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975/Göran Olsson/2011
  • Clemency/Chinonye Chukwu/2019
  • Fruitvale Station/Ryan Coogler/2013
  • I Am Not Your Negro/Raoul Peck/2017
  • If Beale Street Could Talk/Barry Jenkins/2018 - Hulu
  • Just Mercy/Destin Daniel Cretton/2019
  • King In The Wilderness/Peter Kunhardt/2018 - HBO
  • See You Yesterday/Stefon Bristol/2019 - Netflix
  • Blackkklansman/Spike Lee/2018
  • Selma/Ava Duvernay/2014
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution/Stanley Nelson Jr./2015
  • The Hate U Give/George Tillman Jr./2018 - Hulu
  • When They See Us/Ava Duvernay/2019
  • The Death and Life Marsha P. Johnson (Netflix)
  • Dear White People/Justin Simien/2017 - Netflix
  • When They See Us/Ava Duvernay/2019 - Netflix
  • Black Lives Matter: Rivers of Blood - 50 Years On The story of multicultural Britain through the eyes of several generations.

Websites and blogs


Toolkits and online training


Information on Black Lives Matter and how to support the movement from around the world:

Supporting campaigns

Knowing your rights

Social media

  • Twitter thread of UK based people, projects and organisations that support Black people
  • Antiracism Center @antiracismctr (Twitter, Instagram)
  • Audre Lorde Project @audrelorde (Twitter) @audrelordeproject (Instagram)
  • Black Women’s Blueprint @BlackWomensBP (Twitter) @blackwomensblueprint (Instagram)
  • Color of Change @colorofchange (Twitter and Instagram)
  • Colorlines @colorlines (Twitter) @colorlinesnews (Instagram)
  • The Conscious Kid @consciouskidlib (Twitter) @consciouskid (Instagram)
  • Equal Justice Initiative @ejl_org (Twitter and Instagram)
  • The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights @civilrightsorg (Twitter and Instagram)
  • NAACP @naacp (Twitter and Instagram)
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice @ShowUp4RJ (Twitter) @showingupforracialjustice (Instagram)
  • Sistersong @sistersong_woc (Twitter and Instagram)
  • United We Dream @unitedwedream (Twitter and Instagram)
  • Rachel Cargle @rachel.cargle (Twitter and Instagram)
  • Osheta Moore @oshetamoore (Instagram)
  • Layla F. Saad @laylafsaad (Instagram)

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