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Ibram X. Kendi, Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and New York Times bestselling author of How to be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, has published antiracist reading lists in both The New York Times and The Atlantic. These reading lists specifically address anti-black racism in America.
This guide contains titles from Kendi's lists that the Library has purchased as ebooks for the campus to access online and download for free, as well as the titles the Library owns in print.
We separated ebooks from print books to highlight titles accessible online during our current campus closure. We then added headings to clarify the sections of the list, but attempted to keep the order as close as possible to Kendi's original. The titles are not alphabetized for this reason. The Nonfiction Monographs section is arranged in chronological order based on time period and traces racist policies and systems throughout U.S. history.
We hope that this order preserves Kendi's original intent: "This list of nonfiction books on antiblack racism is introductory, for minds beginning to open to the ubiquity of racism in the 21st century and its history. The list includes the books I would read if I were beginning my journey today. Recent or enduring books. Books accessible to anyone. Books that primarily expose racist policies and ideas. Books that are ambitious and sweeping, mostly covering a long period or wide scope, or a specific space or time from the eyes of the nation, from the ears of history. The kinds of books that send us searching and learning and changing more and more." (Kendi, 2019)
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