Our nation is engaged in protest and dialogue about the origins and impacts of systemic racism and the necessary actions for dismantling it. While recommended reading lists abound, we have created one specifically focused on K-12 and higher education. Our list offers recommendations for those interested in learning about the legacy of slavery that underlies the Ivy League, how to address racial microagressions in the K-12 environment, and more.
We welcome your additions to this list.
For historical context regarding how our nation’s oldest universities are intertwined with slavery: Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities, by Craig Steven Wilder
For the personal story of a Black American who overcame poverty and segregation to become chancellor of a university: From Cotton Fields to University Leadership: All Eyes on Charlie, A Memoir, by Charlie Nelms
For insights from diversity and inclusion professionals regarding the challenges of their work on college and university campuses: On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life, by Sara Ahmed
For a British perspective on institutional racism in higher education: Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy, edited by Jason Arday and Heidi Safia Mirza
For sharing with student leaders seeking to understand the basic concepts of social justice education: Is Everyone Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education,
by Ozlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo
For a psychological perspective on the development of racial identity in children and adolescents: Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race, by Beverly Daniel Tatum
For educators working to create antiracist K-12 classrooms: Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real about Race in School, edited by Mica Pollock (Contributors include Beverly Daniel Tatum, Sonia Nieto, and Pedro Noguera)
For educators seeking strategies for identifying and addressing racial microaggressions in the K-12 environment: Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences That Make a Difference, by Howard C. Stevenson
For recent insights shared by Black academics on their experiences of graduate school, faculty hirings, committee meetings, and more, follow #BlackintheIvory on Twitter.