An Anti-Racist Syllabus for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam


American University historian and National Book Award-winner Ibram X Kendi offers a reading list to embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in the wake of his blackface scandal.

Here are some of the books on Kendi’s list:

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Edward E. Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told

Daina Ramey Berry, The Price for Their Pound of Flesh

Leon Litwack, North of Slavery

Eric Foner, Reconstruction

Thomas J. Sugrue, The Origins of the Urban Crisis

Mary L. Dudziak, Cold War Civil Rights

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow

Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy

Read Kendi’s entire piece at The Atlantic

4 thoughts on “An Anti-Racist Syllabus for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

  1. I appreciate your recommendation, John. Maybe I will start with Cold War Civil Rights by Dudziak since I can recall a large portion of that period. I suppose I am still wondering though how Maya Angelou edged out W.E.B. DuBois.


  2. I wonder why Kendi omitted anything by Frederick Douglas or W.E.B. DuBois. Some of his suggested readings seem rather weak compared to Douglas and DuBois who have stood the test of time.


  3. I am not familiar with most of the people on your list. However, there is one person I highly recommend. That person is Bryan Stevenson the author of “Just Mercy.” Stevenson is an excellent writer as well as an excellent speaker. For people not familiar with him, I suggest they go to YouTube and write his name in the search field. Or go to Google and write “youtube bryan stevenson” in the search field for his YouTube presentations. Believe me, it is well worth a few minutes to watch some of his videos.


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