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A Reading List for Racial Equity for All Ages

In light of SWE’s efforts working to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion within its own organization, various members of the SWE community have developed a working reading list.
A Reading List For Racial Equity For All Ages

This reading list is intended to support SWE members and SWE volunteer leaders alike in their efforts to broaden their horizons around racial inequality and the role we all have to play in working towards a SWE community that continues to be a welcoming place for all. Want to add a title to the list? Email with your ideas!

Reading List For Adults, Parents, Teachers, and Leaders:reading list book

  • “The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table” by Minda Harts
  • “Silent Racism: How Well-Meaning White People Perpetuate the Racial Divide” by Barbara Trepagnier
  • “Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America” by Jennifer Harvey
  • “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • “Me and White Supremacy” by Layla F. Saad
  • “Enter the River: Healing Steps from White Privilege Toward Racial Reconciliation” by Jodie Miller Sherer
  • “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice” by Paul Kivel
  • “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou
  • “How To Be An Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
  • “The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide” by Lui, Meizhu, Barbara Robles, Betsy Leondar-Wrigth, Rose Brewer, and Rebecca Adamson, with United For a Fair Economy
  • “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
  • “Faces at The Bottom Of The Well: The Permanence of Racism” by Derrick Bell
  • “Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master’s House” by Audre Lorde
  • “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” by Austin Channing Brown
  • “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin J. DiAngelo
  • “Teaching to Transgress” by bell hooks
  • “Killing Rage: Ending Racism” by bell hooks
  • “Culturally Proficient Instruction: A Guide for People Who Teach” by Robins, Kikanza Nuri, Randall B. Lindsey, Delores B. Lindsey, and Raymond D. Terrel
  • “This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Feminists of Color”

Reading List For Younger Readers: reading list book

  • “The Other Side” by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
  • “Separate Is Never Equal” by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • “Lillian’s Right to Vote” by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Shane W. Evans
  • “Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters” by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn
  • “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice” by Phillip Hoose


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