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Antiracist Reading Lists

portrait of Ibram X. Kendi

Image credit: © 2019 Larry D. Moore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

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.

Accessing Ebooks

  • This list contains some ebooks that are limited to one user at a time and others that offer unlimited access. Check the Availability section of the ebook's record to see which type of access we have to each book.
  • Ebooks have a 2 week loan period for full downloads.
  • There are no holds or renewals for ebooks, but you can log back in to borrow the ebook again once your access expires.
  • For instructions on how to download ebooks for offline reading on an iOS or Android mobile device, please visit: https://proquest.libguides.com/ebookcentral/download

Ebooks

Defining Race & Antiracism

Memoirs & Essays

Fiction

Nonfiction Monographs

Print Books

Defining Race & Antiracism

Memoirs & Essays

Fiction

Nonfiction Monographs

Note on List Order

The order of this list is based on Kendi's "The Anti-Racist Reading List" published in The Atlantic, with titles from "An Antiracist Reading List" (New York Times) woven in.

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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