Black-owned bookstores in Philadelphia area include Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse, Black and Nobel, Black Reserve Bookstore, Books & Stuff, Hakim’s Bookstore & Gift Shop, Harriett’s Bookshop, and Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books
A Movement Without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia by Lisa Levenstein
A Movement Without Marches follows poor black women as they traveled from some of Philadelphia’s most impoverished neighborhoods into its welfare offices, courtrooms, public housing, schools, and hospitals . . . With these resources came new constraints, as public officials frequently responded to women’s efforts by limiting benefits and attempting to control their personal lives.
Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry
Imani Perry issues an unflinching challenge to society to see Black children as deserving of humanity . . . However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love—finding beauty and possibility in life—and she exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find steady footing and inspiration in Black tradition.
“The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture”
This is a list of of characteristics of white supremacy culture which show up in our organizations, accompanied by ways that we can identify, address, and correct these problems in our institutions. From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun.
Educators Responding to the Nationwide Uprisings: A Resource Guide
This document evolving list of resources for all age levels from Early Childhood through adult. These resources are being compiled and curated by the Racial Justice Committee and the Philly Liberatory Academics Hub.
The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale
This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice—even public safety.
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation is a profoundly insightful book from one of the brightest new lights in African American Studies. Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor invites us to rethink the postwar history of the US and to place the actions of everyday people, including the hundreds of thousands of African Americans who participated in the urban rebellions and wildcat strikes of 1960s and 1970s, at the forefront of American politics.
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
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. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Brown
In a time when nearly all institutions (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claim to value “diversity” in their mission statements, I’M STILL HERE is a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric–from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.
Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea Ritchie
Invisible No More is a timely examination of how Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement . . . it documents the evolution of movements centering women’s experiences of policing and demands a radical rethinking of our visions of safety.
Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Just Mercy tells the story of Equal Justice Initiative, from the early days with a small staff facing the nation’s highest death sentencing and execution rates, through a successful campaign to challenge the cruel practice of sentencing children to die in prison, to revolutionary projects designed to confront Americans with our history of racial injustice.
Letters for Black Lives: An Open-Letter Project on Anti-Blackness
Letters for Black Lives is a set of crowdsourced, multilingual, and culturally-aware resources aimed at creating a space for open and honest conversations about racial justice, police violence, and anti-Blackness in our families and communities.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.
Philadelphia Freedoms: Black American Trauma, Memory, and Culture after King, by Michael Awkward
Michael Awkward’s “Philadelphia Freedoms “captures the energetic contestations over the meanings of racial politics and black identity during the post-King era in the City of Brotherly Love. Looking closely at four cultural moments, he shows how racial trauma and his native city’s history have been entwined.
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.
Stamped: Racism, Anti-racism and You by Jason Reynolds
The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining for young readers of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future.
“Talking About Race” portal, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. This website can help by providing videos, exercises, scholarly texts, and many other resources that examine how racism and racial identity form our society.
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
[I]n Tears We Cannot Stop—a provocative and deeply personal call for change . . . Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted.
Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia, by Matthew J. Countryman
Up South traces the efforts of two generations of black Philadelphians to turn the City of Brotherly Love into a place of promise and opportunity for all. Although Philadelphia rarely appears in histories of the modern civil rights struggle, the city was home to a vibrant and groundbreaking movement for racial justice in the years between World War II and the 1970s.
What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy, by Robin J. DiAngelo
What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race? In the face of pervasive racial inequality and segregation, most whites cannot answer that question. Robin DiAngelo argues that a number of factors make this question difficult for whites miseducation about what racism is.
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress . . .This book explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice.Edit