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February is Black History Month

No one has played a greater role in helping all Americans know the Black past than Carter G. Woodson, the individual who created Negro History Week in Washington, D.C., in February 1926. To learn more, go to: https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2021/02/05/black-history-month-origin

Suggested Readings for the Month

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society. https://www.semcoop.com/stamped-beginning

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. https://www.amazon.com/How-Be-Antiracist-Ibram-Kendi/dp/0525509283

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

New York Times bestseller - now a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx -
A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice--from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time. 
https://www.semcoop.com/just-mercy-story-justice-and-redemption-0
https://www.amazon.com/Just-Mercy-Story-Justice-Redemption/dp/081298496X

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of Black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.
https://www.amazon.com/The-Warmth-of-Other-Suns-audiobook/dp/B004RFAIWO

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.
https://www.amazon.com/Caste-Origins-Discontents-Isabel-Wilkerson/dp/0593230256

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria (and Other Conversations About Race) by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about communicating across racial and ethnic divides and pursuing antiracism.
https://www.amazon.com/Black-Kids-Sitting-Together-Cafeteria/dp/0465060684

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together 
by Heather McGhee

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONG-LISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color. https://www.amazon.com/Sum-Us-Everyone-Prosper-Together/dp/0525509569

Heather McGhee - Interview on Trevor Noah Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZpse-90KTY

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