The following resources are suggested reading and viewing in preparation for Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America webcast and workshops.


Articles and Websites

The Archives of The Episcopal Church. “The Church Awakens: African-Americans and the Struggle for Justice.”

DiversityInc. “Ask the White Guy.”

Jacques, Martin. “The Global Hierarchy of Race.” The Guardian. September 19, 2003.

James, Navita Cummings. “When Miss America Was Always White.” Our Voices: Essays in Culture, Ethnicity, and Communication, Fifth Edition. Eds. Alberto Gonzalez, et al. (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Lee, Lelanda. “If I Say, ‘It’s Racist,’ Will You Still Be My Friend?”

McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” Peace and Freedom, July/August 1989. University of Wisconsin, Madison. “Freedom Riders.” WGBH American Experience. “Race: The Power of an Illusion.” California Newsreel.

Prestilieo, Lauren. “Get on the Bus.” Inside American Experience. October 21, 2010.

Rodman, Ed. “Unmasking the Face of Racism.”  The Witness. July 2003.

Thompson, Robert. “Let Us March on till Victory Is Won.” Forward Movement Press. July 3, 2012.



Agee, James. Cotton Tenants: Three Families (Melville House, 2013).

Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (New Press, 2012).

Barndt, Joseph. Understanding and Dismantling Racism: The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America (Fortress, 2007).

Blackmon, Douglas A. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II (Anchor Books, 2008).

Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. Racism Without Racists: Colorblind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).

Branch, Taylor. Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 (Simon & Schuster, 1989).

Broyard, Bliss. One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life – A Story of Race and Family Secrets (Back Bay Books, 2008).   

Burrell, Tom. Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority (SmileyBooks, 2010).

Collins, Patricia Hill. Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism (Routledge, 2004).

Cone, James H. The Cross and the Lynching Tree (Orbis Books, 2011).

Cone, James H. Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare (Orbis Books, 1992).

Dog, Mary Crow and Richard Erdoes. Lakota Woman (Grove Press, 2011).

Evers-Williams, Myrlie and Manning Marable. The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches (Basic Civitas Books, 2006).

Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin, White Masks (Grove Press, 2008).

Feagin, Joe R. Systemic Racism: A Theory of Oppression (Routledge, 2006).

Griffin, John Howard. Black Like Me, 50th Anniversary Edition (Signet, 2010).

Griffin, Paul. The Seeds of Racism in the Soul of America (Pilgrim Press, 1999).

Higginbotham, F. Michael. Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism in Post-Racial America (NYU Press, 2013).

Jealous, Ann Todd, et al., eds. Colorblind Destinies: Whites Sharing Grief About Racism (Potomac Books, 2013).

Katz, Judith H. White Awareness: Handbook for Anti-Racism Training, Second Edition (University of Oklahoma, 2003).

King, Jr., Martin Luther. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? (Beacon Press, 2010).

Kivel, Paul. Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, Third Edition (New Society Publishers, 2011).

Lipsitz, George. How Racism Takes Place (Temple University Press, 2011).

Loewen, James W. Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism (Touchstone, 2006).

Marsh, Charles. God’s Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights (Princeton University Press, 2008).    

Morrison, Toni. Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination (Vintage, 1993).

Rodriquez, Richard. Brown: The Last Discovery of America (Penguin, 2003).

Rothenberg, Paula S. White Privilege, Fourth Edition (Worth Publishers, 2011)

Shattuck, Jr., Gardiner H. Episcopalians and Race: Civil War to Civil Rights (University Press of Kentucky, 2003).

Smith, Lillian. Killers of the Dream (W.W. Norton & Co., 1994).

Takaki, Ronald. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (Back Bay Books, 2008).

Tyson, Timothy B.  Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story (Broadway Books, 2005).

Washington, James M., ed. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Harper One, 2003).

West, Cornel. Race Matters (Vintage Books, 1994).

Wise, Tim. Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity (City Lights, 2010).

Wise, Tim. White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, Revised and Updated Edition (Soft Skull Press, 2011).

Woodson, Carter Godwin. The Mis-Education of the Negro (Seven Treasures, 2010).

Wu, Frank. Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White (Basic Books, 2003).



“42” (2013)

“The Help” (2011)

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (2013)

“Traces of the Trade” (2013)



Congressional Hearing: A Conversation on Race and Justice in America.