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The following is a recommended reading list compiled by Pastors Paul James and Michael Williams. It is important that followers of Christ be not only biblically sound, but also culturally literate. This list is intended to aid you in gaining a proper grasp of the Black Experience in America in the 21st century. It is also intended to sharpen your missional focus as a well-informed Christ follower amidst turbulent times so that you may be a change agent to the world around you. 


DISCLAIMER: This list below is intended to encourage CareView and its community to become better informed citizens and meaning-makers in a broken world surrounding race and racism. The views and opinions expressed by the authors on this list do not necessarily reflect the beliefs, worldview or biblical positions of CareView Community Church, it’s Senior Pastor or its leadership. 

Recommended Books:

  • Barracoon - Zora Neal Hurston

  • Becoming - Michelle Obama

  • Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Black Pain - Terrie Williams

  • Countering The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys - Jawanza Kunjufu

  • Conversations in Black - Ed Gordon

  • Death of Innocence (The Story of The Hate Crime That Changed America) Mamie Till-Mobley

  • How to be an Antiracist - Ibram Kendi

  • Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson

  • Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass - Frederick Douglass

  • Notes of a Native Son - James Baldwin

  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome - Joy DeGruy

  • Raising Black Boys - Jawanza Kunjufu

  • Slavery by Another Name - Douglas Blackmon

  • Stamped from the Beginning - Ibram Kendi

  • Stony The Road by Henry Louis Gates

  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Alex Haley

  • The Half Has Never Been Told (Slavery and The Making of American Capitalism) - Edward B. Baptist

  • The Miseducation of The Negro - Carter G. Woodson

  • The New Jim Crow (10th Anniversary ed.) - Michelle Alexander 

  • The Souls of Black Folk - W.E.B. DuBois

  • The Warmth of other Suns - Isabel Wilkerson 

  • To Tell The Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells - Mia Bay

  • We were Eight Years in Power - Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo

  • Why are so many Black Men in Prison - Demico Boothe

  • Woke Church (An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and Injustice) - Eric Mason


Recommended Children’s Books:

  • Little Leaders (Bold Women in Black History) - Vashti Harrison

  • Inspirational Bedtime Stories (50 Amazing Black People Who Changed The World) - L.A. Amber

  • Let The Children March - Monica Clark Robinson

  • The Day You Begin - Jacqueline Woodson

  • A Child’s Introduction to African American History - Jabari Asim


Recommended Articles & Essays

  • America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One (NY Times) - Nikole Hannah-Jones

  • Black Men and Public Spaces (Literary Hub) - Brent Staples

  • It is like growing up black one more time (NY Times) - Toni Morrison

  • The American Nightmare (The Atlantic) - Ibram X. Kendi

  • The Case for Reparations (The Atlantic) - Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Walking While Black (Literary Hub)-  Garnette Cadogan


Recommended Film:

  • 13th - Ava Duvernay

  • I am Not Your Negro (Documentary) - James Baldwin, Raoul Peck (Filmmaker)

  • When They See Us - Ava Duvernay


Recommended Podcasts:

  • 1619 (The New York Times) - Nikole Hannah-Jones

  • Code Switch (NPR) - Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji

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