Oklahoma Contemporary

Reading List

Rope/Fire/Water Reading List

Pindell, Howardena, and Lowery Stokes Sims. The Heart of the Question: The Writings and Paintings of Howardena Pindell, 1997

Wilford, Adeze, ed. Howardena Pindell: Rope/Fire/Water, 2020


Equal Justice Initiative. “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror,” 2020

Goldsby, Jacqueline. A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature, 2006

Golio, Gary, and Charlotte Riley-Webb. Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song, 2017

Harris, Middleton A., et al, with foreword by Toni Morrison. The Black Book, 2019

Hill, Karlos K. The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: A Photographic History, 2021

Hill, Karlos K. Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory, 2016

Ifill A., Sherrilyn, with foreword by Bryan Stevenson. On the Courthouse Lawn, Revised Edition: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-First Century, 2018

Johnson, Mat, and Warren Pleece. Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery, 2018

Ore, Ersula J. Lynching: Violence, Rhetoric, and American Identity (Race, Rhetoric, and Media Series), 2019

Pfeifer, Michael J. The Roots of Rough Justice: Origins of American Lynching, 2011

Tyson, Timothy B. The Blood of Emmett Till, 2017

Wells-Barnett, Ida B. On Lynchings, 2002

Wells-Barnett, Ida B. Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases, 1892

Wood, Amy Louise. Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940, 2009

Police Brutality, Black Experience and the Tulsa Race Massacre

Acho, Emmanuel. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, 2020

Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, 2020

Baldwin, James. The Fire Next Time, 2021

Butler, Paul. Choke Hold: Policing Black Men, 2018

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me, 2015

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. The Beautiful Struggle, 2008

DiAngelo, Robin. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, 2018

Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man, 2018

Horace, Matthew. The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law, 2019

Marsh, Corinda Pitts. Holocaust in the Homeland: Black Wall Street's Last Day, 2014

Morrison, Toni. “A Humanist View,” 1975

Sharpe, Christina. In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, 2016

Wilkerson, Isabel. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, 2020

Wilkerson, Isabel. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, 2010

Books for Children and Young Adults

Acho, Emmanuel. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy, 2021

Celano, Marianne, Marietta Collins, Ann Hazzard, and Jennifer Zivoin. Something Happened in Our Town (A Child's Story About Racial Injustice), 2019

Elliot, Zetta, and Loveis Wise. Say Her Name (Poems to Empower), 2021

Reynolds, Jason, and Ibram X. Kendi. Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You, 2021

Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give, 2017

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, 2021

Other Resources

The 1619 Project

Equal Justice Initiative

Dolan, Kerry A. “Why White People Downplay Their Individual Racial Privileges,” 2015

National Alliance on Mental Illness | Identity and Cultural Dimensions | Black/African-American

Black Lives Matter: Resources Archive Toolkit

Center for Racial Justice in Education

Spirit of January


Always in Season by Jacqueline Olive, 2019

James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley: A Legendary Debate from 1965

Debunking the Most Common Myths White People Tell about Race – Robin DiAngelo | NBC

Robin DiAngelo and Ibram X. Kendi on How to Become Aware of White Privilege

Free, White, and 21 by Howardena Pindell

Nikole Hannah-Jones on the Impact and Legacy of Ida B. Wells

The Origins of Lynching Culture in the United States – Facing History and Ourselves

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am


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