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Black Lives Matter: an anti-racist reading list

Natalie Draper

Posted in Book Reviews | nonfiction | poetry | Reading Recommendations |

Preview(opens in a new tab) This list is by no means comprehensive. I am not an academic, an expert, nor am I a person of color. These are books that I personally read and recommend based on my own searching for solutions. There are many other lists out there and no end to the amount of reading one could, and should, do. This list is today, and not finished. I'm not finished. Read on and do your part. I have to start with two essential books by Carol Anderson: One Person, No Vote and White R...

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Meldon Jenkins-Jones

Posted in Book Reviews | nonfiction |

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Habit was a dirty word. Like hope, waiting, and boundaries, the idea of habit was a form of discipline I scoffed at as being confining, restricting, and limiting. As a rebellious youth, I wanted to “do my own thing.” I was not alone. From wild mass gatherings like Woodstock to popular song lyrics such as “It’s your thing, do what you wanna do,” (“It’s Your Thing” by the Isley Brothers) and phrases like “Do You!” a whole generation led America down the independence road. Howe...

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Kathy Coker

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The following is from my ongoing research on World War II Prisoner of War Camps in Virginia. It’s a steamy summer night in 1943 in Alexandria, Virginia,…and another Army bus with dark windows is rumbling down the George Washington Memorial Parkway, headed for a nearly forgotten fort….The frequent arrivals at Fort Hunt no longer raise an eyebrow among locals, who assume the newly constructed facilities, complete with barbed wire fences and guard towers, simply support a World War II offi...

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