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Owen Summer Reading: Further Reading

Recommended Reading Lists

Owen Summer Reading List

Suggested Readings on Racism - Heterodox Academy (HxA)  A selection of books, articles, and videos as a starting point for a broader understanding of race, racism, policing and the criminal justice system, and the everyday experiences of African Americans.

The Antiracist Reading List - Ibram X. Kendi, The Atlantic Monthly (February 12, 2019) A reading list inspired by the discovery of a photograph of Virginia's governor in blackface when he was a medical student in the 1980s.

An Antiracist Reading List - Ibram X. Kendi, The New York Times (June 2, 2019) - A list combining classics, lesser known works, and some recent publications on the foundational ideas of antiracism.


The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project is 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 very center of our national narrative.

The 1619 Project

The New York Times Magazine - The 1619 Project - Full Issue PDF (August 18, 2019)

The 1619 Project Curriculum - A selection of lesson plans and resources to use with a wide range of grade levels.

Other Research Guides

How to Be an Antiracist Research Guide - Dickinson College Waidner-Sphar Library

Black Lives Matter Resources - Vanderbilt Libraries - A research guide assembled by the librarians of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library.

Online Resources - An online template to create original protest art

How to be an Antiracist Educator - Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (October 2019) - Guidance for teachers, particularly those at predominantly white schools, to establish a learning environment fostering antiracist ideas and protecting their students of color from assuming the role of educator for their peers.

Center for Antiracist Research - Boston University - A collaboration by researchers of different disciplines to address racist systems proactively.

How to be an Antiracist: What Lawyers + Law Students Need to Know (book review) - Lawyers Concerned For Lawyers (January 23, 2020) - An outline of Kendi's key ideas, as well as several readings that underscore the importance of antiracism for law students.

Being Antiracist - National Museum of African American History & Culture - A resource that summarizes the essential ideas of race and the ways racial prejudice can influence thought.

Book Club Guidance

How to Be an Antiracist Book Club Kit  Random House's discussion questions, suggested further reading, and a syllabus by Kendi.

How to Be an Antiracist Book Discussion Series - Iowa State University Library - Book recommendations keyed to each chapter of the book to expand on the references and resources Kendi mentions.

How to Be an Antiracist Book Club - National Park Service - A post-reading discussion guide with structured guidelines on how to address the ideas of Kendi's book in a thorough and systematic fashion.

First-Year and Common Reading Guide of How to Be an Antiracist - Penguin/Random House - Thirty-one highly-detailed questions for an in-depth group discussion or individual reflection.