Black Lives Matter Resources
This resource page is designed to help University of Idaho community members understand more clearly and provide social and historical context to the events of the Summer of 2020 and beyond regarding issues of race, justice and how they specifically impact Black Americans. Community resources included are designed to assist engagement in activities that support active citizenship and build strong, respectful communities.
Discussing RaceWhite Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Witnessing Whiteness by Shelly Tochluk
Feeling White: Whiteness, Emotionality, and Education by Cheryl E. Matias
Disrupting White Supremacy from Within by Jennifer Harvey, Karin A. Case, and Robin Hawley Gorsline
Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings that Formed the Movement
Teaching/Learning Anti-racism: A Developmental Approach by Louise Derman-Sparks and Carol Brunson Phillips
White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness by Ruth Frankenberg
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire
Race, Whiteness, and Education by Zeus Leonardo
Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey
Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation, by Latasha Morrison
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude M. Steele
History and Sociology
The Broken Heart of America by Walter Johnson
Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces by Radley Balko
Race Traitor by Noel Ignatiev and John Garvey
Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy
An African American and LatinX History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
The White Racial Frame: Centuries of Racial Framing and Counter-Framing by Joe R. Feagin
Faces at the Bottom of the Well by Derrick Bell
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
White Trash: Race and Class in America by Annalee Newitz and Matt Wray
Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter by Jordan Camp and Christina Heatherton
The Possessive Investment in Whiteness by George Lipsitz
Black on White: Black Writers on What it Means to be White by D. Roediger
Racial Formation in the United States by Michael Omi
Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples by Linda Tuhiwai Smith
What White Looks Like: African American Philosophers on the Whiteness Question
How Jews Became White Folks and what that says about Race in America by Karen Brodkin
Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino
Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era by Jerry Mitchell
The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward E. Baptist
Slavery by Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon
Reconstruction by Eric Foner
Racial Ecologies by Leilani Nishime and Kim D. Hester Williams
American Contempt for Liberty, by Walter E. Williams
Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, by Gilbert King
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Defining Moments in Black History by Dick Gregory
Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
Black Reconstruction in America by W.E.B. Du Bois
The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues by Angela Davis
The Price for Their Pound of Flesh by Daina Ramey Berry
Biased by Jennifer Eberhardt”
Locking Up Our Own James Forman Jr.
Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts
Race Rebels by Robin D.F. Kelley
Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis
Langston Hughes and the Futures of Diaspora by Brent Hayes Edwards
The Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence by Chad Williams, Kidada Williams, and Keisha Blain
The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Muhammad
The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities by Robert D. Bullard and Beverly Wright
Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble
The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilderson
A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature by Jacqueline Goldsby
They Were Her Property by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Policing the Black Man by Angela Davis
Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
Economic InequalityThe Hidden Rules of Race by Andrea Flynn, Susan R. Holmberg, Dorian T. Warren, and Felicia J. Wong
Race and Economics: How Much can be Blamed on Discrimination?, by Walter E. Williams
What is Critical Environmental Justice? by David Naguib Pellow
From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century by William Darity and A. Kirsten Mullen
The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap by Mehrsa Baradaran
White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era by Shelby Steele
Wealth, Poverty and Politics by Thomas Sowell
Biography/AutobiographicalWhite Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise
Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
Up from the Projects: An Autobiography, by Walter E. Williams
Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker by Damon Young
Stop Killing Us: My Story and the History of Racism in America, by Terry Keys
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones
Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi
The Last Children of Mill Creek by Vivian Gibson
The Fire This Time by Randall Kenan
Heavy by Kiese Laymon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
How to be Drawn by Terrance Hayes
The New Abolitionists by Joy James
Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King Jr.
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Song in a Wary Throat: Memoir of an American Pilgrimage by Pauli Murray
The Firebrand and the First Lady by Patricia Bell-Scott
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Novels/Poetry/FictionI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Grand Union by Zadie Smith
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Eva’s Man by Gayl Jones
Insights and Poems by Ericka Huggins and Huey Newton
On the Bus with Rosa Parks by Rita Dove
If We Must Die by Claude McKay
Strike and Fade by Henry Dumas
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
Native Son by Richard Wright
1919 by Eve L. Ewing
The Malevolent Volume by Justin Phillip Reed
The January Children by Safia Elhillo
Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry by John Murillo
The Black Maria by Aracelis Girmay
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
Dispatch by Camerson Awkward-Rich
Incendiary Arts by Patricia Smith
Exiles of Eden by Ladan Osman
Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
Brutal Imagination by Cornelius Eady
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
On Being, episode "The Spiritual Work of Black Lives Matter"
Town Hall Seattle, episode "Frank Wilderson with Anastacia Renee: Afro-Pessimism and Modern Slavery"
- American Son
- Dear White People
- See You Yesterday
- When They See Us
- Bobby Kennedy for President
- Eyes on the Prize
- Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story
- Charm City
- Slavery by Another Name
- If Beale St. Could Talk
- King in the Wilderness
- The Hate U Give
- "James Baldwin Debates William F. Buckley"
- "Pay It No Mind: Marsha P. Johnson"
- "This Shit Works"
- "The Attica Prison Uprising: Forty Years Later"
- Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 (available for purchase)
- I am Not Your Negro (available for rent or purchase)
- Do the Right Thing (available for rent or purchase)
- Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
- "The urgency of intersectionality"
- "The path to ending systemic racism in the US"
- "How we can make racism a solvable problem—and improve policing"
- "Racism has a cost for everyone"
- "An interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter"
- "How racism makes us sick"
- "How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time"
- "Color blind or color brave?"
- "How to raise a black son in America"
- "My road trip through the whitest towns in America"
- "An artist’s unflinching look at racial violence"
- "We need to talk about an injustice"
- "The danger of a single story"
- "The little problem I had renting a house"
- "How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them"
- "How we’re priming some kids for college – and others for prison"
- “Black Men Ski”
- "Courage is contagious"
- "Does racism affect how you vote?"
- "What prosecutors and incarcerated people can learn from each other"
- "The real story of Rose Parks – and why we need to confront myths about black history"
- "The symbols of systemic racism – and how to take away their power"
- "Why it's so hard to talk about the N-word"
- “You Have the Rite”
“The Death of George Floyd, in Context” by Jelani Cobb
“Of Course There Are Protests. The State Is Failing Black People” by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
“This Is How Loved Ones Want Us To Remember George Floyd" by Alisha Ebrahimji
“You Shouldn’t Need a Harvard Degree to Survive Birdwatching While Black” by Samuel Getachew
“George Floyd Could Have Been My Brother” by Rita Omokha
“The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change” by Barack Obama
“Black Male Writers For Our Time” by Ayana Mathis
"The Problem of Speaking for Others” by Linda Alcoff
“Moderate Liberals’ Weak Case Against Riots” by Ruan Cooper
“When All Lives Matter” by Ianna Hawkins Owen
“We are Not Here for Ourselves: Alan Blueford, Protocol, and Black Life” by Ianna Hawkins Owen
“Write Back Soon: Mass Incarceration and ‘Writing Intensive’ Vulnerability” by Ianna Hawkins Owen
"Teaching Your Child About Black History Month" by Nefertiti Austin
"The Intersectionality Wars" by Jane Coaston
"Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups" by Craig Elliott
"White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" by Peggy McIntosh
"Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?" by Ibram X. Kendi
"75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice" by Corinne Shutack
"Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism" by Nicola Carpenter
"Save the Tears: White Woman’s Guide" by Tatiana Mac