Do you know that American policing started as a way to keep slaves in line? Do you know that slavery still exists in the form of mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex? Do you think that posting a black box on Instagram for #blackouttuesday was a better idea than making a donation, signing petitions, or supporting Black-owned businesses?
If by any chance you’re looking to educate yourself on the history of racial inequality and the Black Lives Matter movement, cracking open a book (or firing up your e-reader) is a good place to start. Today’s reading list is made up of 20 informative books written by Black authors, journalists, and intellectuals, is organized by publishing date to trace the Black experience in America over time. Each and every book on this list is linked to a Black-owned bookstore you can shop online. You can also find a Black-owned bookstore near you.
The Fire Next Time