Resources | Race, Resistance, and Community

On Friday, June 5, we were joined by Peniel Joseph, Ph.D., professor and founding director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at The University of Texas at Austin and Jay Williams, president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in discussion on the roots of racism and inequality in our nation, the history of resistance movements, and specifically how inequality manifests in our Greater Hartford community today.

To continue the conversation, here is a list of resources recommended by our speakers and guests.

Resource List


“On Martin Luther King’s 90th birthday, a reminder of how far we have come and how far we still have to go,” by Dr. Peniel Joseph, Washington Post

The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic


1619 Project, The New York Times

The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, The University of Texas at Austin


The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. by Peniel E. Joseph

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity by Sarah Haley

Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South by Talitha L. LeFlouria

Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert

Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities by Craig Steven Wilder

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (National Book Award Winner) by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi

Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century by William “Sandy” Darity

Children’s Books

Anti-Racist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi

Attendee Recommendations

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

White Ally Book List
Key Bookstore

Book Recommendations: Black Lives Matter
RJ Julia Bookstore

Black Lives Matter Movement | Resources
Hartford Public Library

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