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Anti-Racism Resources

A list of books on various topics including anti-racism, unconscious bias, social equality, and equal justice

Black Female Identity

Lighting the Fires of Freedom:  African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement by Janet Dewart Bell (New Press, 2018) 

The author demonstrates the many contributions of African American women to the civil rights movement. Although many of these women were not known, their contributions were greatly appreciated. (USC Libraries)

A Black Women’s History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross (Beacon Press, 2020) 

This is a book written by two award-winning women historians that span a 400-year history of Black women in America. They give a voice to diverse Black women and their contributions to shaping American history. (USC Libraries)

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown (Convergent Book, 2018)

The author gives the reader a look "Blackness" through the lens of a Black, middle-class Christian. She explores the influence of white, middle-class, Evangelism contributes to racial hostility. (EBSCOhost) Access Limited to USC Law users.

Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality by Tamiko Brown-Nagin (Pantheon, 2022)

This is a biography of Constance Baker Motley, one of the most influential and inspirational civil rights lawyers of the 20th century. As the first Black woman appointed to the federal judiciary, she contributed to profound judicial and societal changes in America. (EBSCOhost)

Black Feminist Thoughts: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins (Rutledge, 2000)

This book is an interpretive synthesis and exploration of prominent Black Feminist thoughts. (USC Libraries)

Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2011) 

A study of the women's liberation movement in the U.S. from the abolitionist era to the 1990s, this book examines the setbacks due to racism and bias. (USC Libraries)

Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia by Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, et al. (editors) (Utah State University Press, 2012) 

The stories of 40 women of color in academia discuss the intersection of race, gender, and class, their effects in academia, and how they navigate the "often hostile terrain of higher education". (USC Libraries)

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall (Viking, 2020)

This collection of essays draws upon personal experiences and social commentary, critiquing how the mainstream feminist movement excludes several experiences of black women and fails to advocate for basic needs and issues such as food security and gun violence. (USC Libraries)

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea Ritchie (Beacon Press, 2017)

The author delves into the unique experiences of black, indigenous, and women of color with racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement. (USC Libraries)