Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell, is a book about “the greatest propaganda campaign of all time”: the concept of black inferiority. In this book, he details the use of racial stereotypes as propaganda to promote the idea of black inferiority and white superiority. The book also explores the lingering effects of slavery and its aftermath on the Black psyche and community.
Your Money and Your Man was written by financial writer and television host, Michelle Singletary. The book offers women some financial advice for life in general but focuses on dating/courtship, marriage, and raising kids. The advice in Your Money and Your Man won’t apply to everyone but it’s helpful to know what the different options are and how to select what’s right for you. The breakdowns in each chapter explain how to take action on the advice offered and are very useful.
At the Dark End of the Street by Danielle L. McGuire tells the story of Black women’s fight to obtain civil rights and equal legal protection against rape and sexual harassment. I recommend the book for a different perspective on Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement. It’s a good jumping off point for learning about some of the less celebrated women of the Civil Rights Movement. While it doesn’t really directly discuss feminism or womanism it does touch on topics related to those ideologies.
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, weaves together the stories of three people who fled the South during The Great Migration. Ida Mae Brandon Gladney who migrated from Mississippi to Chicago in the 1930’s. George Swanson Starling who moved from Florida to Harlem in the 1940’s. And Robert Joseph Pershing Foster who relocated from Louisiana to Los Angeles in the 1950’s.
The Corner by David Simon and Edward Burns is one of the most saddening and inspiring books I’ve ever read. The book follows the lives of residents near the corner of West Fayette and Monroe Streets in West Baltimore over the course of a year in the early 90’s. The authors lay bare how a history of poverty, crime, and drug addiction tore apart the neighborhood, families, and individuals.