black history month: a recommended reading + viewing list

shala teachers share their favorite books, documentaries, and talks on issues of race and ethnicity.


13th — Ava Duvernay

“The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail” — Jay-Z

“The Urgency of Intersectionality” — Kimberle Crenshaw


Unapologetic — Charlene Carruthers

We Were Eight Years in Power — Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me — Ta-Nehisi Coates

An American Marriage — Tayari Jones 

The Warmth of Other Suns — Isabel Wilkerson

Homegoing — Yaa Gyasi

Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace — Angel Kyodo Williams

The Fire Next Time — James Baldwin

The Fire This Time — ed. Jesmyn Ward

Salvage the Bones — Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing — Jesmyn Ward

Men We Reaped — Jesmyn Ward

The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution — Julius Scott

Citizen — Claudia Rankine

Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism — bell hooks

Black Feminist Thought — Patricia Hill Collins

The New Jim Crow — Michelle Alexander

White Fragility — Robin Diangelo

Black Skin, White Masks – Franz Fanon

Pedagogy of the Oppressed — Paulo Freire

Pedagogy of Hope — Paulo Freire

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? — Beverly Tatum

Angela Davis: An Autobiography — Angela Davis

If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance — ed. Angela Davis