540WMain’s Essential Reading List (Books You Must Read) in 2021
Every year we love sharing the books that inspire our mission and programming. One of the first steps to dismantling structural racism is understanding the past and how the past affects the present. It is also important to prioritize the content of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) thought leaders as you learn about the depth and complexity of racism, how all of us are complicit (to varying degrees) in reinforcing its effects, and how you can have a role in unlearning through antiracism practice every day. So get into our essential list for reading in 2021, revisit our lists from 2019 and 2020, and let us know which books you are most excited to dive into. Oh; and be sure to read through to the end for a surprise announcement.
Books You Must Read in 2021:
- Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes The Mind, Body, and Spirit | Mary-Frances Winters
- Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America | Ijeoma Olu
- Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents | Isabel Wilkerson
- The Vanishing Half | Brit Benett
- The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love | Sonya Renee Taylor
- The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migrations | Isabel Wilkerson
- Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women That a Movement Forgot | Mikki Kendall
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower | Brittany Cooper
- What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat | Aubrey Gordon
- Black Women, Black Love: America’s War On African American Marriage | Dianne M. Stewart
- Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man | Emmanuel Acho
- The Likely World | Melanie Conroy-Goldman
- The Color of Money Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap | Mehrsa Baradaran
- How The Word Is Passed | Clint Smith
- The Black Friend: On Being A Better White Person | Frederick Joseph
- I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir | Malaka Gharib
- Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy | Talia Lavin
- The Undocumented Americans | Karla Cornejo Villavicendio
- The Making of Asian America: A History | Erika Lee
- Finding Latinx In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity | Paola Ramos
- The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence by Laurence Ralph
- Dear White Women, It’s Not You. It’s Me. I’m Breaking Up With You by Hannah Drake
- Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram Kendi
- When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir | Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Asha Bandele
- Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting In America | Nefertiti Austin
(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a virtual non-profit organization and antiracist education brand that promotes justice for all. The organization encourages individuals to broaden their horizons and learn more about multidisciplinary issues and topics that impact the world.
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