Thomas J. Davis

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Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race

Provocative in its review of and reflections on race and racism amid continuing de facto segregation, this work argues that personal identity does not exist as a checked box. It promises to appeal to readers willing at least to consider unlearning race so as to imagine a future without it and advance his vision of a multigenerational transformation of social repair.

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons

Perry’s uplifting and often lyrical meditation on living invites readers to delve into their self and particularly into the complicated categories of mother, parent, African American, and human. Highly recommended.

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed America

Pointing the way to future activism against repressive policing, Cobbina’s instructive details and enlightening insights will draw in scholars and general readers concerned with ending police killings of black people with impunity.

Getting What We Need Ourselves: How Food Has Shaped African American Life

A must-read for all seriously interested in concepts of black identities and the significance of food in shaping those concepts.


How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance

Not simply a onetime read, this collection offers those who wish to be invested in realizing the social justice of collective freedom a reference for daily consideration, discussion, inspiration, or instruction.

Good Kids, Bad City: A Story of Race and Wrongful Conviction in America

Swenson's exposé lays bare the criminal justice system's failures, along with the politicization that the war on crime and war on drugs promoted. A must-read.

Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing That Changed the Course of Civil Rights

This poignant and powerful story tracks changes in Southern life since the 1960s, uncovering hard truths to correct America's moral compass with an understanding of the need for activism and political discourse to achieve social justice.


A worthy read for anyone interested in the struggle to ensure humanity exists behind bars in America.

They Stole Him Out of Jail: Willie Earle, South Carolina's Last Lynching Victim

was hardly the last word, as Gravely shows through multiple perspectives of the trial and its consequences. The trial extended beyond the courtroom as public and political figures such as South Carolina governor Strom Thurmond and New Yorker magazine writer Rebecca West providing their own answers. VERDICT Gravely's powerful re-creation summons readers interested in grappling not only with the horrors of the past but with the continuing crisis race has wrought in criminal justice for African Americans.

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