Slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, the case for reparations to Black Americans

Slave marketCaste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson – examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson – Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi – Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti–Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history.

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates – a literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the most important essayist in a generation and a writer who changed the national political conversation about race.”

Long Time Coming – Reckoning with Race in America, by Michael Eric Dyson – a book that uses history to show how racism is a sickness that has shaped our culture and society in a variety of insidious ways.

The 1619 Project podcast – an ongoing initiative from The New York Times magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the center of our national narrative.

Tulsa race massacre of 1921 – a three-minute video documenting the painful past of ‘Black Wall Street’ in Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA Today).

Movement for Black Lives Reparations Now Toolkit – explores the long history of struggles for reparations for Black people, lays out key facts, concepts, and international human rights law underlying reparations demands, and provides case studies of struggles for reparations at the institutional, local, state, and international levels.

Equal Justice Initiative – Report on Slavery in America

The Black Church | PBS – a two-part television documentary series that reveals the broad history and culture of the Black church and explores African American faith communities on the frontlines of hope and change.

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