Welcome! These titles have been recommended by Divinity Faculty as reading to supplement our community's journey toward healing and justice. To ground your thinking and reading, start with these passages from the Bible:
Additional resources are linked below to help us begin thinking about racism and racist policies in our own local context of Duke University and Durham, NC, and to continue thinking about racism in the context of Christian faith and history. For still more resources, see Duke University Library's larger research guide on Anti-racism and Black Liberation, or the Duke Law Library's Race, Oppression, and Social Change Resource Guide.
As a general note: Many of the books on this guide have limited library access and long wait-lists. If you would like to purchase any of these books instead of waiting for the library's copy to become available, please see this site for a list of independent, black-owned book stores from whom you might order online.
In 2019, Durham, North Carolina will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding. Much has changed in the 150 years since the city’s beginnings as a depot on the railroad between Raleigh and Hillsborough. Today, Durham is a midsize southern city on the rise. “Uneven Ground” presents major historical themes in the story of housing and land in Durham, underscoring the role of both race and class, from the time of colonial settlers through the 1960s.
The word and its nominal equivalent, “anti-racist,” suggests something of a vanity project, where the goal is no longer to learn more about race, power, and capital, but to spring closer to the enlightened order of the antiracist. And yet, were one to actually read many of these books, one might reach the conclusion that there is no anti-racist stasis within reach of a lifetime.
-- Lauren Michele Jackson, What is an Anti-Racist Reading List for? (June 4, 2020)
The list below is based on Ibram X. Kendi's 2019 article for The Atlantic, "The Anti-Racist Reading List." All links for electronic books are to Duke Libraries copies; Duke community members will need to log in with their Duke NetID and password to view them. Some notes on the readings give instructions for how to access the text; others are taken from Dr. Kendi's article and attributed. For more on Dr. Kendi's work particularly, check out the June 3, 2020, Unlocking Us podcast episode for a conversation between Kendi and Brené Brown.
Preliminaries: Definitions and Feelings