Books + Films

A Queer History of the United States

Michael Bronski’s sweeping history weaves “queer” trough the history of the US. The book draws upon primary documents, literature and cultural histories.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

In the form of a letter to is son, Coates’ memoir provides a powerful framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crises, with “race” at its center.

Booklists and Resources Addressing Race and Social Justice from the VT Dept of Libraries

An antiracist booklist grouped by target age of reader created by the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Books to Teach White Children and Teens How to Undo Racism and White Supremacy

A list of children’s books that discuss race and racism from Charis Books and More in Decatur, GA.

Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents

The Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author, Isabel Wilkerson, examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and how our lives today remain defined by a hierarchy of divisions.

Coded Bias’: Vermont Screening

While the week of free screening of the documentary, “Coded Bias” (about widespread bias in artifical intelligence), for the state of Vermont has passed, links are provided to other virtual showings as well as an hour-long discussion between the “Coded Bias” producer/director, cast member, and professors at VT institutions.

Diverse Books Resource

A Pinterest board of books about race and diversity.

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland

Physician Jonathan Metzl reveals how right-wing backlash policies have mortal consequences— even for the white populations they promise to help.

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, by Kate Bornstein

Together with writer, raconteur, and theater artist S. Bear Bergman, Bornstein collects and contextualizes the work of trans and genderqueer forward thinkers — voices from the stage, the streets, the workplace, the bedroom, and the pages and websites of respected mainstream news sources. Gender Outlaws includes essays, commentary, comic art, and conversations from a diverse group of trans-spectrum people.

Here Are 7 Movies to Learn More About Racism and Black History

A list of movies that tell stories of the United States’ racist past and present.

How To Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America— but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Kendi’s site also includes a discussion guide for the book, including questions and an antiracism reading list and syllabus.

Just Above My Head

This novel takes in 30 years in the lives of a group of friends, who start out preaching and singing in Harlem churches, survive (or do not survive) incest, war, poverty, the civil-rights struggle, as well as wealth, love, and fame— in Korea, Africa, Birmingham, New York, and Paris.

Memoir of a Race Traitor

Mab Segrest’s memoir weaves together histories of African-American, Jewish, feminist and LGBT activists who emerged in the 1970s.

Social Justice Poetry

A continually updated list of poems on the topic of social justice.

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, by Audre Lorde

Lorde asserts the necessity of communicating the experience of marginalized groups to make their struggles visible in a repressive society. She emphasizes the need for different groups of people (particularly White and African-American women) to find common ground in their lived experience, but also to face difference directly, and use it as a source of strength. Includes the famous essay “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.”

Social Justice: Fifteen Titles to Address Inequity, Equality, and Organizing for Young Readers

A list of fifteen young adult books that address inequity, equality, and organizing.

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

A book by Richard Rothstein that describes how local, state, and federal government policies have been intentionally perpetuating segregation for centuries.

The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations

Leading Harvard social psychologist and expert on the science underlying bias and racism, Dr. Robert Livingston’s book The Conversation is an essential tool for individuals, organizations, and communities to jump-start dialogue on racism and bias and to transform well-intentioned statements on diversity into concrete actions.

The Nobel Lecture in Literature by Toni Morrison

Morrison’s Nobel Prize lecture keenly and eloquently describes the importance of language in our lives. The lecture — an audio recording of which is available on the Nobel Prize website — is a fable about the power of language to elucidate and cloud, to oppress and liberate, to honor and sully, and to both quantify and be incapable of capturing a human experience.

“We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now” The Global Uprising Against Povery Wages, by Annelise Orleck

Tracing a new labor movement sparked and sustained by low-wage workers from across the globe, “We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now” is an urgent, illuminating look at globalization as seen through the eyes of workers-activists: small farmers, fast-food servers, retail workers, hotel housekeepers, home-healthcare aides, airport workers, and adjunct professors who are fighting for respect, safety, and a living wage.

Yearning: Race,Gender, and Cultural Politics, by bell hooks

hooks’ fourth book of many (all recommended) crosses disciplinary lines to address, in plain language, major debates about culture, race, and gender.

You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey

Writer and performer from Late Night with Seth Meyers Amber Ruffin writes with her sister Lacey Lamar with humor and heart to share absurd anecdotes about everyday experiences of racism.

Announcing Turner Family Stories

An article announcing the release of a comic book titled “Turner Family Stories” that will be published in summer 2021, that tells the story of the Turner family through 1983 interviews with Daisy Turner about her family history.