Anti-Racist Social Work Education Resources

Our faculty, staff and students wish to turn despair into action. We have curated and recommend this list of anti-racist resources. You can borrow many of the books from the UB Libraries or the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, or purchase them at

Updated June 12, 2023

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  • Critique of Black Reason by Achille Mbembe
  • Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander 
  • Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis
  • Dear White America by Tim Wise
  • A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
  • The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale 
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • The Color of Law by Richard Roxy
  • Waking up White by Debby Irving
  • For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood by Christopher Emdin
  • Texas Tough by Robert Perkinson
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Me and My White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  • Unapologetic: A Black Queer and Feminist Mandate by Charlene Carruthers
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism by Bushra Rehman
  • Black Liberation by Keeange-Yamahtta Taylor
  • The Condemnation of Blackness by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
  • Freedom Dreams by Robin D.G. Kelley
  • A Shining Thread of Hope by Darlene Clark Hine
  • Taking Bullets: Black Boys and Men in Twenty-First Century America, Fighting Terrorism, Stopping Violence and Seeking Healing by Haki R. Madubti
  • The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy by Andrea Flynn
  • Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation by Beth E. Richie

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