Do The Work

Read These Books*

*Following advice from Reni Eddo-Lodge, where you can consider sharing books with friends or borrowing from your local library, and donating what you would have spent to racial injustice organisations. If you do buy a copy, try where possible, to support local and independent bookshops.

Racism in the UK

  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • The Good Immigrant - Nikesh Shukla
  • Black and British: A Forgotten History - David Olusoga
  • Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - Akala
  • There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation - Paul Gilroy
  • Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging - Afua Hirsch
  • Black, Listed: Black British Culture Explored - Jeffrey Boakye
  • Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain - Porter Fryer
  • White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society - Kalwant Bhopal
  • Inglorious Empire: What The British Did to India - Shashi Tharoor (Not about black history in the UK but colonialism which is still important to acknowledge)

Understanding BIPOC

  • Don’t Touch My Hair - Emma Dabiri
  • “I Will Not Be Erased”: Our Stories About Growing Up As People of Colour - gal-dem
  • Taking Up Space: The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change - Chelsea Kwakye
  • Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible - Yomi Adegoke
  • Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves - Glory Edim
  • Overcoming Everyday Racism: Building REsilience and Wellbeing in the Face of Discrimination - Susan Cousins
  • The Clapback: Your Guide to Calling out Racist Stereotypes - Elijah Lawal
  • I Am Not Your Baby Mother - Candice Brathwaite
  • GIRL: Essays on Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic - Kenya Hunt
  • Freedom Is A Constant Struggle - Angela Davis
  • Sister Outsider - Audre Lorde
  • Your Silence Will Not Protect You - Audre Lorde
  • Men We Reaped - Jesmyn Ward
  • The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race - Jesmyn Ward
  • I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness - Austin Channing Brown


  • Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women White Feminists Forgot - Mikki Kendall
  • Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power - Lola Olufemi
  • Women, Race & Class - Angela Y. Davis
  • Me, Not You: The Trouble with Mainstream Feminism - Alison Phipps

Do The Work

  • How to be an Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi
  • Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World - Layla F. Saad
  • Biased - Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt
  • Antagonist, Advocates and Allies: The Wake Up Call Guide for White Women Who Want to Become Allies with Black Women - Catrice M. Jackson
  • This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work - Tiffany Jewell
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You - Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

By White Authors

  • How to Argue With a Racist: History, Science, Race and Reality - Adam Rutherford
  • White Privilege Unmasked: How to Be Part of the Solution - Judy Ryde
  • White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo

Racism in the US

  • Between The World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir - Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colourblindness - Michelle Alexander
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America - Ibram X. Kendi
  • When They Call You a Terrorist - Patrisse Khan-Cullors
  • Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave - Zora Neale
  • They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, And A New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement - Wesley Lowery
  • When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America - Ira Kratznelson
  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir - Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America - Richard Rothstein


  • Noughts & Crosses series - Malorie Blackman
  • Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo
  • Black Bread White Beer - Niven Govinden
  • An American Marriage - Tayari Jones
  • You People - Nikita Lalwani
  • Beloved - Toni Morrison
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn Ward


  • The Bystander Effect - Catherine A. Sanderson
  • Biased - Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt
  • Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias - Dr. Pragya Agarwal
  • Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People - Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald
  • Diversify: How to Challenge Inequality and Why We Should - June Sarpong


  • Road Map for Revolutionaries - Elisa Camahort Page, Carolyn Gerin, and Jamia Wilson
  • The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin
  • Superior: The Return of Race Science - Angela Saini
  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Dr. Maya Angelou
  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More - Janet Mock
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X


UK History