June 3, 2020

“…he casually punishes America with brute force and hate.

He’s burning the village because he cannot feel its warmth.”

-Joy Reid

‘Books change your mind.’

“Where is our collective pain supposed to go when there’s no justice?”

-Wes Moore

The Aspen Institute

“Books are a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind.” 

— Toni Morrison

‘At Aspen Words, we stand with all those fighting racism and injustice. We believe that words, sentences, and stories can lead to shifts in consciousness, to action and to change. Now and always, we hope you will join us in reading, following, sharing, and supporting black authors and poets whose works shine a spotlight on the structural racism and injustice in society. Here are just a few contemporary writers doing vital work through a variety of genres.’

5 Books That Shine A Spotlight on Racial Injustice


‘Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.’


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