Reading List

(here’s a way to buy books from Black-owned bookstores.)

Intersectional Environmentalism and Placemaking:

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Belonging: a Culture of Place by bell hooks

KC Panel on Race and the Food System

Intersectional Environmentalism: Why Environmental Justice is Essential for a Sustainable Future

Going Black to the Land During a Global Crisis

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler


KC Tenants – Missouri Tenants Listening Experiment

Art World:

100 Black Artists Based in Kansas City – Compiled by River Makenzi (instagram)

Four Barriers to Change and Equity in the Visual Arts by Mel Mitchell-Jackson

Change the Museum (instagram)

An Open Letter to Arts Organizations Rampant with White Supremacy by Nana Chinara

Coronavirus, Structural Racism, Resistance and the Future We Must Create [Art World]

LACMA: Art and Resistance

Decolonize the Art World (

PDF: Black, Brown, & Beige – Surrealism

What About Activism? (book)


For context: Washington Post: The black women who launched the original anti-racist reading list and What is an Anti-Racist Reading List For?
And a call to understand that this must go beyond reading: When black people are in pain, white people just join book clubs

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown

Anti-racism resources for white people (google doc)

PDF handout from the Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities

Being Antiracist – National Museum of African American History and Culture

Systemic Racism: 64 Practical Examples of the Challenges that Face Black Americans

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates

1619 Podcast – listen

How Did We Get Here? 163 years of The Atlantic’s writing on race and racism in America

Ezra C Daniels: Empathy Myopia

Justice System:

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System exhibition and book

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration exhibition and book

The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale

PDF: Angela Davis – Are Prisons Obsolete?

NPR: How much do we need the police

Jacobin: How to be Anticapitalist by Erik Olin Wright


Art and Faith by Makoto Fujimura

I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby

Divided by Faith by Emerson & Smith

White Friends Let’s Talk About Race by Nia Pycior
and A Partial Personal Account of Being Black in America

The Anti-Racist Devotional

For our White Friends Desiring to be Allies by Courtney Ariel