Reading Recommendations From Black Cultural Figures

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Because the nation sees its 10th day of protest towards the homicide of George Floyd, varied lists of books that tackle race, political upheaval and activism have been circulating on social media and elsewhere. They remind us that the work of combating systemic racism is rarely over, and that studying concerning the historical past of protest — and unlearning our personal biases and prejudices — requires a lifetime of studying. In an effort to take heed to black voices and encourage self-education, we’re revisiting these compilations of guide suggestions from artists, leaders and writers of our time.

“Swing Time” by Zadie Smith, “Coltrane on Coltrane: The John Coltrane Interviews” edited by Chris DeVito, “Alvin Ailey: A Life in Dance” by Jennifer Dunning and extra.

“The Coloration Purple” by Alice Walker, “Ready to Exhale” by Terry McMillan, “Sister Outsider” by Audre Lorde and extra.


“Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi, “Lengthy Stroll to Freedom” by Nelson Mandela, “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and extra.

“Giovanni’s Room” by James Baldwin, “Relating to the Ache of Others” by Susan Sontag, “Love within the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel García Márquez and extra.


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