ARTF Recommended Readings



BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME, Ta-Nehisi Coates. 2015.  A father’s letter to his 15-

year-old son.

WHITE LIKE ME;  Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, Tom Wise, 2011.  One

part memoir, one part polemical essay.  Also video talk on Google.


JUST MERCY: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Bryan Stevenson, 2014.  A UUA

Common Read by the founder of Equal Justice Initiative in prisons.

THE NEW JIM CROW, Michelle Alexander, 2012.  Mass incarceration, inequality in the criminal justice system.  Comprehensive examination of roots and effects from arrest to post-incarceration

UPROOTING RACISM;  How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, Paul Kivel,

1996, revised 2011.


NOTES FROM NO MAN’S LAND:  American Essays, Eula Bliss, 2009.


WHISTLING VIVALDI:  How Stereotypes Affect us and What We Can Do, Claude

Steele, 2010.  Educators especially could gain by reading this.


AMERICANAH, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, 2015.  Nigerian immigrant experience.


July, 2016


American History X

American Violet


BoyZ N the Hood

Coach Cater

Color Purple

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial; Inequality


Mississippi Burning

In the Still of the Night



10,000 Black Men Named George

The Great Debaters

The Help

Twelve Years a Slave

July, 2016

UUSO Library Holdings



ML King

Mississippi Burning

Rights worker murder

Free Indeed. (Tape)

White privilege

Crash, 2004

Racial tensions in LA

Amistad, 1997



The Jesse Owens movie


Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African-American Achievement, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, 1996

Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now, Maya Angelou, 1993

The Heart of a Woman, Maya Angelou, 1981

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou, 1969

Gather Together in My Name, Maya Angelou, 1974

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2015

In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, Alice Walker, 1983

Womanist Prose

The Same River Twice, Alice Walker, 1996

Dreams from My Father, Barack Obama, 1995

The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama, 2006

Mahalia, Roxanne Orgill

Dusk of Dawn: An Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept, W.E.B. Du Bois, 1940

Poetry, Plays

Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water, Maya Angelou, 1971


Blues for Mister Charlie, James Baldwin, 1964

A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry, 1958

Sociology etc.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness; Michelle Alexander, 2012

Inequality in the criminal justice system

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, Carol Anderson, 2016

Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America; Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, 2014

The All-American Skin Game, or, The Decoy of Race, Stanley Crouch, 1995

Race relation, politics

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, eds Cherrie Morgara, Gloria Anzaldua, 1981

Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, Toni Morrison, 1992

The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.,  1992

On the dangers of fragmentation and re-segregation

Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America, Rich Benjamin, 2009

Race Matters, Cornel West, 1993

Social and political commentary


We Shall Overcome, Herb Boyd, 2004

Civil Rights Movement (with audio)

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg, 2016

The Selma Awakening: How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Changed Unitarian Universalism, Mark D. Morrison-Reed, 2014

Black Pioneers in a White Denomination, Mark D. Morrison-Reed, 1984

Black UUs

Jackson, 1964, Calvin Trillin, 2016


Americanah; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2013

Nigerian immigrant experience

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston, 1937

Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison, 1977

Jazz, Toni Morrison, 1992

The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison, 1970

Beloved, Toni Morrison, 1987

The Temple of My Familiar, Alice Walker, 1989

Now is the Time to Open Your Heart, Alice Walker, 2004

The Color Purple, Alice Walker, 1982

Meridian, Alice Walker, 1976

In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Women, Alice Walker, 1967

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison, 1952

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, 1960

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, Walter Mosley, 1997

July, 2016

      Mara Kern Children’s Library



Selma : The Bridge to the Ballot

Picture Books

Grandaddy’s turn : a journey to the ballot box by Michael S Bandy and Eric Stein

Daddy, there’s a noise outside by Kenneth Braswell