This story puts Sherlock Holmes & John Watson in Harlem in the 21st century, as black men. Almost all of the characters are black, except inspector Lestrade who is portrayed as a woman. It seems to end just as it's getting started, which is unfortunate, but it nonetheless creates a new & newly compelling version of this story.
"I recommend this book to anyone who has not taken a course in Black History in America. Coates relates the long and mostly ignored history of race in American history and connects it to the present through the lens of his own development as a compelling writer and what the Obama Presidency means."
Recommended by: David Fluharty, Faculty UW Seattle, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
This book outlines the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement from the perspective of Patrisse Khan-Cullors. It's an indepth memoir of Patrisse's life as a black woman born into poverty and battling with white supremacy. It's a moving, painful story that will give everyone a better perspective of real experiences of black people in America.
This carefully researched book is a seminal work in "whiteness studies" that shows how, far from being fixed and "natural," American racial categories were constructed over time for political reasons. The book shows how contemporary ideas about "whiteness" in the United States would have shocked Americans of the early 20th century, and offers crucial context for the racial debates of our times.
This is one of the first books I read about diversity, equity and inclusion, and it really hits home about not only race and racism, but gets to some of the deeper components of how it impacts community--and more specifically, the ways that self-segregation (as the title suggests) are often a form of survival. Tatum's writing packs a punch, and makes you really think about how you show up in community, and once you read it, you can't un-see the points she makes in your day to day life.
This book takes a broad look at many physical, social, and psychological issues women are judged for - and then gives them words of support. Uplifting, inclusive, accessible and positive. I often buy extras of this book, and give them to women in my life.
World of Our Fathers: The Journey of Eastern European Jews to America and the Life They Found and Made
by Irving Howe; Morris Dickstein (Foreword by)
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
This book is a truly comprehensive source that will help readers to understand what it was like to be a poor immigrant settling in New York at the turn of the 20th century. It chronicles new Jewish Americans' challenges-- the toll taken by poverty and poor living conditions --but also how this community organized and advocated to enact positive changes. This book will help readers to understand the history of America's largest city and the current shape of the American Jewish community.