At Allen-Stevenson, faculty and staff members have spent the past four summers reading books related to diversity, equity and inclusion, selected by the Many Stories Group, then discussing them upon their return in the fall.
“… [A]s people who have great influence over our young people and, consequently, our future, it is incumbent upon us all to become deeply and widely educated in the issues that face us as a diverse community,” said Many Stories group member Susan Lukas. “To that end, the Many Stories group has worked tirelessly, with the help of countless others, to curate a collection of books that will potentially help us in this quest.”
Here is the list of the books. We hope others in our community will join us in continuing our anti-racism education.
“Breathe: A Letter to My Sons” by Imani Perry
“The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys” edited by Ali Michael and Eddie Moore, Jr.
“Heavy: An American Memoir” by Kiese Laymon
“I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” by Austin Channing Brown
“How I Shed my Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood” by Jim Grimsley
“How to be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
“Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor” by Layla F. Saad
“No Ashes in the Fire” by Darnell L. Moore
“Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing” by Dr. Joy DeGruy
“So You Want to Talk about Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
“Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
“White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism” by Robin DiAngelo
“Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge