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White people need to get to work. Here are some good places to start.

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The 1619 Project

A New Origin Story

By Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman & Jake Silverstein
Narrated by: Nikole Hannah-Jones & Full Cast
Length: 18 hours 56 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • NPR • Marie Claire
 
In late August 1619, a ship arrived in the British colony of... Read more »

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America, Goddam

Violence, Black Women, and the Struggle for Justice

By Treva B. Lindsey
Narrated by: Treva B. Lindsey
Length: 8 hours 31 minutes

Reckons with violence against Black women in America and their resilient fight for liberation America, Goddam explores the combined force of antiBlackness, misogyny, patriarchy, and capitalism in the lives of Black women and girls in the United States today. Through personal accounts and hard-hitting analysis, Black feminist historian Treva B.... Read more »

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Unworthy Republic

The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory

By Claudio Saunt
Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
Length: 11 hours 36 minutes

In May 1830, the United States formally launched a policy to expel Native Americans from the East to territories west of the Mississippi River. Justified as a humanitarian enterprise, the undertaking was to be systematic and rational, overseen by Washington’s small but growing bureaucracy. But as the policy unfolded over the next decade,... Read more »

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How the Word Is Passed

A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

By Clint Smith
Narrated by: Clint Smith
Length: 10 hours 6 minutes

How the Word Is Passed

“Smith has crafted a resource, narrative and detailed explanation into how we teach the legacy of slavery. He recounts visits from everywhere from NYC to the Whitney Plantation, integrating stories of people and visitors today. This book is lays a beautiful written foundation for interrogating the history we've been taught. Particularly phenomenal as an audiobook, Smith's skills as a poet and writer shine bright!”

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The Sum of Us

What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

By Heather McGhee
Narrated by: Heather McGhee
Length: 11 hours 8 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.

WINNER OF THE PORCHLIGHT BUSINESS BOOK AWARD • ONE... Read more »

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The Matter of Black Lives

Writing from The New Yorker

By Jelani Cobb & David Remnick
Narrated by: JD Jackson, Adjoa Andoh, January LaVoy, Maggi-Meg Reed, Jane Copland & Kaleo Griffith
Length: 30 hours 1 minutes

A collection of The New Yorker‘s groundbreaking writing on race in America—including work by James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Hilton Als, Zadie Smith, and more—with a foreword by Jelani Cobb

This anthology from the pages of the New Yorker provides a bold and complex portrait of Black life in America, told through stories of private...

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Highway of Tears

By Jessica McDiarmid
Narrated by: Emily Nixon
Length: 9 hours 57 minutes

“These murder cases expose systemic problems... By examining each murder within the context of Indigenous identity and regional hardships, McDiarmid addresses these very issues, finding reasons to look for the deeper roots of each act of violence.” —The New York Times Book Review

In the vein of the bestsellers Ill Be Gone in the Dark and The... Read more »

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Four Hundred Souls

A Community History of African America, 1619-2019

By Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain
Narrated by: Various
Length: 14 hours 1 minutes

Four Hundred Souls

“An absolutely stunning history of African America for people who do not normally read history. Compiled of short stories, essays, and poems, it is perfect for someone who is intimidated by lists of names and dates. Each individual voice stands on its own but together they truly make a 'choir' that flows together beautifully. This is a one-of-a-kind history that is essential reading for everyone.”

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The Warmth of Other Suns

The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

By Isabel Wilkerson
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 22 hours 40 minutes

The Warmth of Other Suns

“I'm sorry I hadn't gotten to this sooner. Wilkerson pulls together so much of what I already knew about the US but not necessarily why... a great audiobook, too.”

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, 10th Anniversary Edition

By Michelle Alexander
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 16 hours 56 minutes

Seldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall Project and the new $100 million Art for Justice Fund; it has been the winner of... Read more »

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They Can't Kill Us All

Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement

By Wesley Lowery
Narrated by: Ron Butler
Length: 8 hours 10 minutes

A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it.

Conducting hundreds of interviews during the course of over one year reporting... Read more »

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We Want to Do More Than Survive

Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

By Bettina L. Love
Narrated by: Misty Monroe
Length: 7 hours 48 minutes

Winner of the 2020 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award

Drawing on personal stories, research, and historical events, an esteemed educator offers a vision of educational justice inspired by the rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists.

Drawing on her life’s work of teaching and researching in urban schools, Bettina Love... Read more »

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Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching

A Young Black Man's Education

By Mychal Denzel Smith
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Length: 5 hours 52 minutes

How do you learn to be a black man in America? For young black men today, it means coming of age during the presidency of Barack Obama. It means witnessing the deaths of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, and too many more. It means celebrating powerful moments of black self-determination for LeBron James, Dave Chappelle,... Read more »

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How to Argue With a Racist

What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say About Human Difference

By Adam Rutherford
Narrated by: Adam Rutherford
Length: 4 hours 45 minutes

How to Argue With a Racist

“Excellent! I appreciate Rutherford's smart but accessible language and the way he thoroughly breaks down any argument about certain races being superior or inferior. Highly recommend this.”

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Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?

By Mumia Abu-Jamal
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 4 hours 54 minutes

In December 1981, Mumia Abu-Jamal was shot and beaten into unconsciousness by Philadelphia police. He awoke to find himself shackled to a hospital bed, accused of killing a cop. He was convicted and sentenced to death in a trial that Amnesty International has denounced as failing to meet the minimum standards of judicial fairness.

In Have Black... Read more »

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Talking about Race

Gospel Hope for Hard Conversations

By Isaac Adams
Narrated by: Rick N. Jones
Length: 6 hours 8 minutes

Conversations about racism are as important as they are hard for American Christians.

Yet the conversation often gets so ugly, even among the faithful who claim unity in Jesus. Why is that the case? Why does it matter? Can things get better, or are we permanently divided?

In this honest and hopeful book, pastor Isaac Adams doesn't just show you...

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How to Be Less Stupid About Race

On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide

By Crystal Marie Fleming
Narrated by: Melanie Taylor
Length: 7 hours 44 minutes

A unique and irreverent take on everything that's wrong with our “national conversation about race”—and what to do about it

How to Be Less Stupid About Race is your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and... Read more »

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Stony the Road

Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow

By Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
Length: 9 hours 10 minutes

A profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind.

The abolition of slavery in the aftermath of the Civil War is a familiar... Read more »

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Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

By Emmanuel Acho
Narrated by: Emmanuel Acho
Length: 4 hours 26 minutes

"Acho’s gregariously pragmatic delivery educates with clarity and makes the book come alive." -- Booklist

"Narrated by the author, this audio program feels like an evening with a good friend who doesn't shy away from awkward questions.... A personal interview with his editor, great production standards, and his personality make this an accessible...

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask

By Anton Treuer
Narrated by: Kaipo Schwab
Length: 5 hours 1 minutes

"I had a profoundly well-educated Princetonian ask me, 'Where is your tomahawk?' I had a beautiful woman approach me in the college gymnasium and exclaim, 'You have the most beautiful red skin.' I took a friend to see Dances with Wolves and was told, 'Your people have a beautiful culture.' . . . I made many lifelong friends at college, and they... Read more »

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