Book Resources


So You Want to Talk About Race

Ijeoma Oluo, 2018

"In So You Want to Talk About Race, Editor at Large of The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don’t dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans." (Review from:

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Teaching Community, A Pedagogy Of Hope

Bell Hooks, 2003

Educators in particular will benefit from this book.  In it, bell hooks discusses the pervasiveness of racism in U.S. society.  “Teaching community” means working against the effects of a society which socializes individuals to “worship whiteness”.  Hooks points out that this teaching can take place anywhere.  Of particular interest are chapters on “what happens when white people change”, “progressive learning” and “practical wisdom.” This is a bold and highly progressive look at white privilege, how it plays out in society, and how individuals can recognize it and begin to challenge it in productive ways through education. (Review from:

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Bell Hooks’ Engaged Pedagogy: A Transgressive Education For Critical Consciousness

Namulundah Florence, 1998

Florence directly approaches the issues of marginality and cultural alienation that has became a norm for certain groups in our society. She not only addresses the topics but also provide strategies to help develop critical consciousness and affirmation of traits and characteristics that grind against dominant viewpoints. 


Pedagogy Of The Oppressed

Paulo Friere, 1970

If you have questions like: "How does one teach others, particularly those who have been oppressed in our society, without at the same time becoming merely another outside force of domination?" or "How do those who are oppressed escape oppression, without merely joining the ranks of the those currently in power and responsible for the oppression?" then this is the perfect book for you!

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Teaching to Transgress: Education as the practice of freedom

Bell Hooks, 1994

Bell Hooks pushes the reader to unlearn the traits of racism, sexism, and classism as a learning process to gain freedom. Not limited to the roles of teachers, Teaching to Transgress, addresses questions like, What do we do about teachers who do not want to teach, and students who do not want to learn? How should we deal with racism and sexism in the classroom? These are topics that should be just as relevant to teachers as they are to policy makers.

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Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, 2004

Equity work often requires addressing the trauma caused by injustice and oppression. This book provides affirmation for individuals doing this work who have begun to feel tired or "numb," and offers suggestions for self care in order to effectively continue this work.