Books & Resources

One of the best ways to understand racial, social and systemic inequities is to educate yourself. Dr. Kira Banks has curated a selection of books and other publications that are helpful for individuals and institutions to understand social equity. Here is the most complete list of available resources.


So You Want to Talk About Race

by Ijeoma Oluo

The New Jim Crow

by Michelle Alexander

Think Again

by Adam Grant

The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin

Sister Outsider

by Audre Lourde

Words of Fire

by Beverly Guy-Sheftall

The Warmth of Other Suns

by Isabel Wilkerson

The Souls of Black Folk

by W.E.B. DuBois

Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

by Harriet Jacobs

Things Fall Apart

by Chinua Achebe

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

by Ibram X. Kendi

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by Maya Angelou

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

by Richard Rothstein

When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America

by Paula Giddings

?Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race

by Beverly Daniel Tatum

This Book is Anti-Racist

by Tiffany Jewell

Caste: The Origins of Our Destination

by Isabel Wilkerson

A People's History of the United States (Paperback)

by Howard Zinn

From Slavery to Freedom

by John Hope Franklin


Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

by Kadir Nelson

A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to the War on Terror

by Rebecca Stefoff

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

by Trevor Noah

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice

by Bryan Stevenson

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

March: Book One, Two and Three (Paperback)

by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)