Racial Equity Nonfiction YA Books

A list highlighting our racial history, memoirs of individuals affected by racial injustice, and ideas on how to move forward.

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Steal this country : a handbook for resistance, persistence, and fixing almost anything - Styron, Alexandra,

Summary: Styron's stirring call for resistance and citizen activism will be clearly heard by young people who want to make sure everybody gets an equal piece of the American pie, and who know that the...

Contents: The why -- The who -- The what. Climate change ; Immigration ; LGBTQIA rights ; Racial justice ; Religious understanding ; Women's rights ; Intersectionality ; Disability issues -- The how.

The far away brothers : two teenage immigrants making a life in America - Markham, Lauren,

Summary: Identical twins Ernesto and Raul Flores, seventeen, must flee El Salvador, make a harrowing journey across the Rio Grande and the Texas desert, face capture by immigration authorities, and struggle...

The Black friend : on being a better white person - Joseph, Frederick (Activist),

Summary: Frederick Joseph call up race-related anecdotes from his past, explaining why they were hurtful and how he might handle things now. Each chapter features the voice of at least one artist or...

Contents: We want you to see race -- We can enjoy Ed Sheeran, BTS, and Cardi B -- Certain things are racist, even if you don't know it -- You could at least try to pronounce my name correctly -- This isn't a...

The beautiful struggle : a memoir, adapted for young adults - Coates, Ta-Nehisi,

Summary: "A memoir from Ta-Nehisi Coates, in which he details the challenges on the streets and within one's family, especially the eternal struggle for peace between a father and son and the important role...

We are not yet equal : understanding our racial divide - Anderson, Carol (Carol Elaine),

Summary: "This ... young adult adaptation brings her ideas to a new audience. When America achieves milestones of progress toward full and equal black participation in democracy, the systemic response is a...

Contents: Foreword / by Nic Stone -- Prologue -- "Original sin" -- "But for your race" -- Forty acres and a mule -- Black codes -- "We showed our hand too soon" -- "Johnson is with us!" -- Courting justice...

Fights : one boy's triumph over violence - Gill, Joel Christian,

Summary: "Fights is the visceral and deeply affecting memoir of artist/author Joel Christian Gill, chronicling his youth and coming of age as a Black child in a chaotic landscape of rough city streets and...

Stolen justice : the struggle for African-American voting rights - Goldstone, Lawrence, 1947-

Summary: "Following the Civil War, the Reconstruction era raised a new question to those in power in the US: Should African Americans, so many of them former slaves, be granted the right to vote? In a...

All boys aren't blue : a memoir-manifesto - Johnson, George M. (George Matthew), 1985-

Summary: A first book by the prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist shares personal essays that chronicle his childhood, adolescence and college years as a Black queer youth, exploring subjects ranging...

Paul Robeson : no one can silence me - Duberman, Martin B.,

Summary: "The life and legacy of vocal artist and civil rights icon Paul Robeson-one of the most important public figures in the twentieth century-adapted for young adults by the acclaimed Robeson...

Notes from a young Black chef : a memoir - Onwuachi, Kwame,

Summary: As a boy Onwuachi was sent from the Bronx to rural Nigeria by his mother to 'learn respect.' Through food, he broke out of a dangerous downward spiral and embarked on a new beginning at the bottom...

Contents: Standing on stories -- Egusi stew -- Dominoes -- Ancestors -- The block -- Gulf state -- Finding my craft -- CIA man -- Blood on the eggshells -- From old guard to start up -- Angles -- The jewel...

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