The Social Justice Reading List

Here are just a few books for self-education that will help any person passionate about social justice or not to become more socially conscience.

35 Dumb Things Well-intended People Say’ by: Dr. Mara Cullen

This is a really good first social justice read. It is a fast read with a lot of digestible information that Cullen lays out for the reader in a way that is both understandable and different. This book focuses a lot on inclusive language as this is a good first step to social justice action because it can have a big impact. I have seen Dr. Mara Cullenspeak so I may be a bit bias but this book is excellent and I highly recommend if you are beginning social justice self-education.

‘ I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ by: Maya Angelou

I am still in the process of reading this book but can already tell you that I can’t get enough of the way Maya Angelou writes. She is very descriptive and paints the scenes beautifully. The relationship between the two main characters as brother and sister is very heart warming and exposes you to the strains on their relationship because of race. This book offers a lot into growing up being black in the south under the care of their grandmother and uncle. I am looking forward to finishing it and would suggest it to anyone.

‘Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex, and Power’ edited by: Shira Tarrant

In a collection of essays by men, you will never question as a women whether there are male identifying allies to the way women are treated. From straight, gay, transgender, white, black, and asian men they all share personal stories of confronting bigotry and shutting down gender stereotypes and challenging gender normatives. From the sexualization of women to the degradation of women each man’s story is different. This pro-feminist collection through the male lens, I would suggest to anyone along their social justice journey.

 

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