2020 Racial Justice Reading

In Books by Lola Magazine

Summer Reading Recommendations

This summer has brought an explosion of demand for books written by Black authors, and it has been reported that Black-owned bookstores are already experiencing record sales for June. For Americans looking to educate themselves on the Black experience, it can be tough to know where to start. One way to think about it would be to ask yourself these 2 questions: What do you want to learn about? and... How do you learn best? For this roundup of award-winning authors and directors, look to these 10 categories to help narrow down the type of content that suits you best. From poetry, to novels, to reading appropriate for young adults, all recommendations are chosen for this issue to further our understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Contemporary Novels

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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Autobiography 

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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Classics

Collected Essays by James Baldwin

Beloved by Toni Morrison 

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Poetry

The Complete Poetry by Maya Angelou

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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Louisiana Authors

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

The Tradition by Jericho Brown 
*Won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

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Young-Adult Friendly 

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Young-Adult adaptation plus a feature film version available

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah 
Young-Adult adaptation available

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Documentary 

13th directed by Ava DuVernay, Netflix

I am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin, directed by Raoul Peck and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson

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How did we get here, America?

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones
*Won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Read online at nytimes.com, or listen to the podcast series. Episode 5, parts 1 and 2 highlight the struggles of a Black farming family from New Iberia, Louisiana

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Podcast Series 

Code Switch 

The United States of Anxiety 

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Nonfiction 

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

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