My Anti-Racist Education

I am a Learner. That’s why I became a teacher (and also because I loved spending my days in the hopeful and inspiring world of young people). So in trying to deal with the horrific events of the last few weeks, I realized that I have so much to learn. I decided to begin an important undertaking:  I am now focusing on educating myself on how to become Anti-Racist.

“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”
Angela Y. Davis

“The opposite of racist isn’t ‘not racist.’ It is ‘anti-racist.’ What’s the difference? One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an anti-racist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti-racist. One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.”
Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

And one of the most hopeful things I’ve discovered in making this commitment to become anti-racist is that so many other people are doing the same thing! I took the photo above just this morning when I got on the library website to look for some e-books to add to my growing list of books to read on this subject. Every. single. book. has a waiting list of weeks and weeks! My heart soared with HOPE to see that there are so many other Learners out there!

On this page, I will keep a list with links to my reviews of books and other resources that I’ve found and appreciated, so please come back here occasionally to see this self-education journey.

Red: Click to read my review
Blue:  Read but not reviewed


  1. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
  2. Dream Big Dreams: Photographs from Barack Obama’s Inspiring and Historical Presidency, by Pete Souza
  3. They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei
  4. Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  5. We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  6. Dear Ijeawele: or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  7. Becoming, by Michelle Obama
  8. Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America, by John Lewis
  9. Kindred, by Octavia Butler
  10. Our Time Is Now, by Stacey Abrams
  11. The Beautiful Struggle, by Ta’Nehisi Coates
  12. Misty Copeland: A Life in Motion, young readers edition, by Misty Copeland
  13. Idia of the Benin Kingdom, by Ekiuwa Aire
  14. The Cay, by Theodore Taylor
  15. I Am Loved, by Nikki Giovanni
  16. Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis
  17. Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation, by Duncan Tonatiuh
  18. A Kid’s Book About Racism, by Jelani Memory
  19. Ruth and the Green Book, by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Gwen Strauss
  20. Almost to Freedom, by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Colin Bootman
  21. Through My Eyes, by Ruby Bridges
  22. The Story of Ruby Bridges, by Robert Coles
  23. Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson
  24. Barracoon, by Zora Neale Hurston
  25. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
  26. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  27. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  28. Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story, by Angela Shelf Medearis
  29. The House of Dies Drear, by Virginia Hamilton
  30. Beloved, Toni Morrison
  31. Harriet Tubman: Conductor Of the Underground Railroad, by Ann Petry
  32. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor



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22 thoughts on “My Anti-Racist Education

  1. Marlo Quick

    The events of the last few weeks (on top of centuries) have shown us the need to learn and do. It is a great awakening for so many and I want to be part of it. I am participating in an online book study of Me and White Supremacy which really prompts us to look deep into our beliefs and our culture. I definitely recommend it as a self-study or a group study. One of the group members recommended Waking Up White which I am adding to my list. Change is coming and I am hopeful that it is bringing justice with it! Thank you for sharing your list!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Marlo, your online book study sounds really interesting. I haven’t read that book yet, but it will be on my list, and I’ll be interested in what you have to say about it. Thank you, too, for the title “Waking Up White.” There are so many good books and good resources out there for this learning project!


  2. lizipaulk

    Great idea and even more impressive that you are following through on this. Congratulations! It’s up to everyone to educate themselves. Excellent that you’re taking that first step!

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  3. curlygeek04

    Like you, I’m turning to books so I can learn more about being anti-racist. I posted a similar list recently on my blog. Just Mercy is an absolutely amazing book. I still have a lot to read so I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on what you’ve read.

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    1. Robin Post author

      Deb, I’m following your blog so that I can get inspiration from what you are reading and learning. Just Mercy is high up on my list. I’d like to read the book first and then see the movie.

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  4. Pamela

    I, too, am working on becoming Anti-Racist. I admit I haven’t read many of the books yet, but once my library opens I’ll be requesting them. I have enjoyed so much seeing on Instagram and Twitter people stepping up and saying “This isn’t right, I will do better.” It gives me hope.

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    1. Robin Post author

      Pamela, it gives me hope, too, seeing how many people are trying to educate themselves and do the right thing! I’ve been downloading e-books from my library, but won’t it be nice when they can reopen and we can start ordering book books again?!!


        1. Robin Post author

          Pamela, mine too!! Although I wouldn’t want any of the library or bookstore workers put in any kind of danger to Covid-19, I really feel they are “essential services.”


            1. Robin Post author

              Our library has been doing the same. Working for us despite the closures! I just can’t wait to walk to the library and spend time just browsing! Heavenly!


    1. Robin Post author

      Tabor, I read Black Like Me in a college class many years ago. It was very powerful, and I would like to reread it now and see how it impacts me after 50 years!


    1. Robin Post author

      Thanks for the recommendations, Diane! I have Just Mercy on my list to read and am anxious to get to it soon. I’ve read a number of Toni Morrison’s books, but not The Bluest Eye. I’ll put it on my list, as well.


  5. Les in OR

    That is so encouraging to learn that all of those books have waiting lists! I think a lot of bookstores are out of stock, as well. It’s so great that people want to educate themselves!

    I didn’t care for The Bluest Eye, but Beloved is fantastic! I’ve read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Just Mercy and Becoming. I’m currently listening to The Warmth of Other Suns, which is very good. I keep adding titles to my Good Reads List and will look forward to hearing your thoughts on the books you read.

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    1. Robin Post author

      Les, I thought Beloved was incredible, too! I need to read Just Mercy soon, and as I told you the other day, I downloaded The Warmth of Other Suns, and will listen to it after I finish A Gentleman in Moscow (which I am loving!).



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