Anti-Racist Book Discussions
These books have been used and appreciated widely by Unitarian Universalist people and congregations engaged in anti-racist multicultural transformation. This is, by no means, an exhaustive list, and new books and resources are constantly emerging. When a discussion guide is available that is designed for Unitarian Universalist contexts, a link is provided. Links to secular discussion guides are provided in some cases.
Books are listed alphabetically by title. If you are looking for a particular topic, use the Find on Page function in your browser to search for keywords here that address your particular transformational goals.
|Book and Author||Topics||Discussion Guide(s)|
|Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer||Indigenous Ways of Knowing; Collective Liberation, De-Colonization, Interdependent Living||Several secular discussions guides are available.|
|Breathe: A Letter to My Sons, by Imani Perry||Raising Black Children, Racism, Gender||UU Breathe discussion guides (PDF) include a general one and a BIPOC one.|
|Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson||Structural Oppression, Racism, Classism||Foothills UU developed a UU guide to Caste (PDF) and publisher has a guide to Caste.|
|Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema||Unitarian Universalist BIPOC Experiences, Racism, Intersecting Oppressions||UU discussion questions are built into the book.|
|Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture (2021 version), by Tema Okun||White Supremacy, Microaggressions, Racism, Culture||Characteristics and Antidotes (Google Drive) can be discussed in groups.|
|Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, by adrienne maree brown||Anti-Oppression, Systemic Thinking, Interdependent Living, Collective Liberation||UU LeaderLab article|
|Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation, by adrienne maree brown||Leadership for Intersectional Collective Liberation||No guides available currently.|
|How to Be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi||Anti-Racism, Creating Change||De Ramos and Eisenberg developed this secular study guide (Google Drive).|
|An Indigenous People's History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz||US History, Settler-Colonialism, Indigenous Peoples||UUA-developed discussion guide (PDF)|
|Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Layla F. Saad||Anti-Racism, Examining White Privilege. Written for people who hold white privilege.||This secular guided journal is designed as a companion.|
|Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism, edited by Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin Lin||Unitarian Universalism, Anti-Racist/Multicultural Congregational Change||UUA-developed discussion guide (PDF)|
|My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, by Resmaa Menakem||Embodiment, Trauma Healing, and Racism’s Effects on Black and White Bodies||No, but book includes individual exercises and reflection prompts|
|Revisiting the Empowerment Controversy: Black Power and Unitarian Universalism, by Mark Morrison-Reed||UU History (1960s), Anti-Racism, Black Power||Author-developed discussion guide (PDF)|
|So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Olou||Anti-Racism, White Supremacy, Microaggressions, Black Lives Matter||Publisher-developed discussion guide (PDF)|
|The Arc of the Universe is Long: Unitarian Universalists, Anti-Racism, and the Journey from Calgary, by Leslie Takahashi, Chip Roush, and Leon Spencer||UU History (1990s-2000s), Anti-Racism||Author-developed discussion guide (PDF)|
|The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander||Structural Racism in the US Criminal Justice System, US History||UUA-developed discussion guide (PDF)|
|White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo||Whiteness, White Supremacy, Building white people’s capacity for anti-racism|
|Widening the Circle of Concern: Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change||Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, Changing Unitarian Universalism||UUA-developed discussion guide|
If you have experience with other books that have helped your congregation's transformation, you're invited to tell us about them by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.