The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson
“This is the second time I am reading this book, given the current state of unrest. While so many great histories exist about slavery and the civil-rights movement, this remarkable narrative fills in the blanks between those two eras, establishing the socioeconomic backdrop for the struggles that continue today. It’s written with academic rigor but reads like a novel.”
“Like most men who spent their lives believing they were champions of women, I’m in the midst of an ongoing reckoning of my role in supporting structures from which I didn’t even realize I was benefitting. In her book, Liz willingly engages men who are prepared to recognize their privilege but don’t know what to do next.”
Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
“Professor Glaude writes of Baldwin’s impression of white liberals: “Despite their claims of commitment to racial justice, Baldwin saw them, in their actions, as coconspirators in maintaining the belief that white people mattered more than others. White liberals weren’t loud racists. They were simply racial philanthropists who, after a good deed, return to their suburban homes with their white picket fences or to their apartments in segregated cities with their consciences content.”