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Social Justice Reading at the Festival

Festival Staff / January 16, 2017

Social Justice has been at the forefront in nonfiction published in the social sciences and runs a strong line in fiction too, both contemporary and historical. Here are a few books you might want to check out before the Festival, so you can be prepared for the awesome speakers when they are here.

Jeff Chang’s We Gon’ Be Alright looks at the social impacts of racism and resegregation in the modern age, including the effects of racial separation in housing and neighborhoods and the response to events like Ferguson with movements like Black Lives Matter.

Colson Whitehead’s National Book Award winning The Underground Railroad uses historic events to comment on what’s going on in the United States today.

Ibram X. Kendi, also a recipient of the National Book Award this year, has written a thorough and detailed book about the history of anti-black racism in the United States, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.

The Gay Revolution is Lillian Faderman’s expansive (and extensive) look at the state of being LGBTQ+ building up to Stonewall and the hoops the community has had to leap through over the last half-century.

Kelly Jensen’s Here We Are is a magical collection of essays, art, and other media from feminists across the nation, aimed at teens and older people. Each piece gives a boost to readers to keep fighting the fight and to occasionally step up their game at living as a feminist in the real world.

Julissa Arce’s My (Underground) American Dream recounts the author’s experience as an undocumented immigrant in the US, going from childhood to becoming a well-to-do Wall Street success, and forward still, to become one of the biggest advocates for the rights of undocumented families.

Other books that might be of interest:

The Book of Isaias Daniel Connolly

A Murder Over a Girl: Justice, Gender, Junior High Ken Corbett

The Birth of the Pill Jonathan Eig

Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert: La vida no vale nada Celestina Fernandez et al

Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms Arsalan Iftikhar

Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality Jim Obergefell

Race and the Brazilian Body: Blackness, Whiteness, and Everyday Language in Rio de Janeiro Jen Roth-Gordon

Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope Jonathan M. Bryant

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America Nancy Isenberg

Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in AmericaPatrick Phillips

The Other Slavery:The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America Andrés Reséndez

Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow CityTyina Steptoe

A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison Reginald Dwayne Betts

All They Will Call You Tim Z. Hernandez

Crossing the Line: A marriage across borders Linda Valdez

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars Nathalia Holt

Confessions of a Serial Alibi

Asia McLain ChapmanWhat are you reading on this day of remembrance and reflection of all the sacrifices that have been made and are yet to come for all to live equally?

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