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Resources for

Restorative Reading


These Walls Between Us:

A Memoir of Friendship Across Race and Class


Wendy Sanford


Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness 

James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son 

Katie G. Cannon, Black Womanist Ethics 

Alice Childress, Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic’s Life 

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me 

Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Case for Reparations in We Were Eight Years in Power 

Combahee River Collective, The Combahee River Collective Statement 

Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Terrance Hayes,Antebellum House Party” in How to Be Drawn 

Debby Irving, Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race 

Barbara Jensen, Reading Classes: On Culture and Classism in America 

Audre Lorde, “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action,” Scratching the Surface: Some Notes on Barriers to Women and Loving,An Open Letter to Mary Daly,” “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House,” and “Learning from the 60s” in Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches 


Peggy McIntosh,White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” in On Privilege, Fraudulence, and Teaching as Learning: Selected Essays 1981–2019 

Melvin Oliver and Thomas Shapiro, Black Wealth / White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality 


Claudia Rankine, Just Us: An American Conversation 

Adrienne Rich, The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974–1977 

Adrienne Rich, Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution 

Adrienne Rich, Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying 

Dorothy Roberts, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century 


Dorothy Roberts, Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare 

Judith Rollins, Between Women: Domestics and Their Employers 

Kate Rushin, “The Bridge Poemin This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color


Margaret Walker, Jubilee 


Deborah Willis, Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present 


Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming 



Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America 

Heather McGhee, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk about Race 

Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric 

Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You 

Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor


Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption 


Becky Thompson, A Promise and a Way of Life: White Antiracist Activism 


Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents


Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration


“What a joyful list to make!” 

Wendy Sanford

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