Sunnyhill Racism – Proposed Reading and Book Club List


  1. Rediker M, The Middle Passage: The Slave Ship (Penguin, 2007).
  2. Baptist EE, The Half has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (Basic Books, 2016).
  3. Blight DW, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (Harvard Univ Press, 2001).
  4. Ortiz P, An African American and Latinx History of the United States (Beacon Press, 2018).
  5. Blackmon, DA, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II (Anchor Books, 2009).
  6. Rothstein R, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (Liveright, 2017).
  7. Alexander M, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2014).
  8. Coates, Ta-Nehisi, Between the World and Me. (One World, 2015).

Additional readings can be identified in the Sunnyhill Racism Resources document and from at least three other good sources (1. Harvard Kennedy): (2. Epic Reads): (3. The Atlantic, Feb. 2023): Imani Perry, “We Read the Banned Books.”

Here are some suggestions (books and links):

  1. Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave, Introduction by L. C. Matlock, (Publisher Indicated as Author, 2022; ISBN 9781533299178). [First published 1849.]
  2. Lineberry C, Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero. (Picador St. Martin’s Press, 2018).
  3. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass 1818-1895. Link:
  4. For North American Slave Narratives, please see this link:
  5. Anderson C, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy. (Bloomsbury, 2019).
  6. Haley A, Roots: The Saga of an American Family (Doubleday, 1976).
  7. The Booker T. Washington Collection & Classic Works (First Rate Publishers, 2018.)
  8. Castro-Salazar R and Bagley Carl, Navigating Borders: Critical Race Theory Research and Counter History of Undocumented Americans (Peter Lang Publishing, 2012).
  9. Washington HA, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. (Anchor, 2006).
  • Abrams S, Our Time is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America (Holt, 2020).
  • Shetterly ML, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. (W Morrow Paperbacks, 2016).
  1. Ijeoma Oluo, So you want to talk about race (Seal Press, 2019).
  2. Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”:
  3. The Ten Million Names Project:
  4. Slavery and the Bible:
    1. Julie Z. Weil, The Washington Post, April 30, 2019:
    2. Wikipedia, The Bible and Slavery:
    3. TIME Magazine, “How Christian Slaveholders Used the Bible to Justify Slavery:”
    4. Doug Becker, Pastor of Theology, “Does the Bible Condone Slavery?”
    5. Bodie Hodge, Paul F. Taylor (2007), “The Bible and Slavery,”
    6. A. Harrill, The Use of the New Testament in the American Slave Controversy: A Case History in the Hermeneutical Tension between Biblical Criticism and Christian Moral Debate, Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation (10, 2, Summer 2000), pp. 149-186. Published By: Cambridge University Press:
    7. “Channing and Slavery:”
    8. “Leader Resource 1: Slavery and Antislavery: Part of Faith Like a River:”
    9. “Abolition Today: Ending Modern Slavery | Assembly Presentations,” General Assembly 2003:
  5. Slave Literacy and Education:
    2. Literacy and Education in Virginia; please see link:
    3. Wikipedia; please see link:
    8. Talking Points Prepared by James Snell and Carrie Stewart for Marching in the Arc of Justice: Re-Visiting Selma 3/7/15; Michelle Alexander: The New Jim Crow: Colorblindness in the Age of Mass Incarceration:
  6. Tatum, BD. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race. (Basic Books, 2003).
  7. The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear (Beacon Press, 2016).
  8. Imami Perry, The Atlantic 2023: “The Man Who Transformed American Theater: How August Wilson became one of the country’s most influential playwrights.”
  9. Imami Perry, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon Line to Understand the Soul of a Nation (Harper Collins, 2023).
  10. Patti Hartigan: August Wilson: A Life. (Simon & Schuster, 2023).
  11. Pew Research:
  12. Anderson C with T Bolden, We are not yet equal: understanding our racial divide (Bloomsbury, 2018).
  13. Anderson C, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (Bloomsbury, 2017).