THE E4E SUMMER READING LIST 2019
THE E4E SUMMER READING LIST 2019
At Edutainment for Equity we pride ourselves on our relentless pursuit of knowledge, experience and
information. We often travel to other countries and take in other cultures first hand to gain a deeper understanding about alternative ways to live, think and be. When we travel we always take a lot of reading material to help fill the time lost to 20+ hour plane flights, and overnight layovers. Most of what we read helps us to stay engaged in conversations about education, race, schooling, history, youth development, media, …etc, all over the world. This year we are not traveling, but we are doing a great deal of reading, and want to share with you our 2019 E4E Summer Reading List. These are not listed in any particular order.
The Awful Grace Of God: Religious Terrorism, White Supremacy, and the unsolved murder of Martin Luther King Jr., Stuart Wexler and Larry Hancock
This expose highlights the intense pressure Dr. King and the movement was under, constantly fielding death threats and ducking potential violent encounters. This book catalogs many of the declared enemies of Dr. King and the movement, and their detailed and encompassing plot to take his life. Great read.
Transformative Schooling: Towards Racial Equity in Education, Dr. Vajra M. Watson
This book examines the role of White Supremacy in the perpetuation of the racial achievement gap in schools. This book examines how schools can become more racially inclusive and shares keen insights for any institution, organization or professional who works directly with young people. Dr. Watson was my student when she was in High School, so I am juiced to read this book for multiple reasons.
An African American and Latinx History of the United States, Paul Ortiz
This incredible book traces the long history of solidarity in the freedoms struggles of North and South America, especially with regard to African American and Latinx people. Harrowing stories of revolts, an underground railroad to Mexico, the inspiring resistance movements in Haiti, Mexico and Nicaragua, and so much more make this book a must read for anyone who teaches Ethnic Studies, African American Studies or Chicano Latino Studies. This is not an alternative history book, it is a definitive history that deserves to be considered as a primary text for the teaching of American History. I just finished it, and it is well worth the read.
The Life is Frederick Douglass, David F. Walker, Damon Smyth, Marissa Louise
This is one of the most amazing graphic novels ever produced, highlighting many of the incidents and thoughts of the first real American Hero. The book is incredibly accessible with details that are only found in the three autobiographies written by Frederick Douglass during his lifetime. John Brown, Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln and a host of other notables make appearances in this compelling book that demonstrates how precarious “freedom” can be and the sacrifices that were made to make it possible for future generations.
Magical Negro: Poems, Morgan Parker
This book of poems is at times jarring, and at other times confessional. It shakes and causes discomfort for the reader that I imagined is shared by the author. The lyricism and tone of the poetry is inspiring, and clearly a reflection of the authors incredible poetic gifts. The title suggests some otherworldliness that is reflected in the quality of these poems. Every summer reading list should include a book of poems. Its ok to read a poem or two and then put the book down so you can marinate on the words.
Additional reads for the summer:
Justice on Both Sides: Transforming Education through Restorative Justice
Maisha T. Winn
We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom Bettina Love
We Dare Say Love: Supporting the Achievement in the Educational Life of Black Boys
Na'ilah Saud Nasir, Jarvis R. Givens, and Christopher P. Chatmon
Dread Nation: Rise Up