Robin D.G. Kelley's Reading List

by Robin D.G. Kelley

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Robin D.G. Kelley is a Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA, and is author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, and Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination.

My Reading List


1. Coretta: My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King, with the Reverend Dr. Barbara Reynolds

“This is a riveting story of one of our nation’s most powerful opponents of war, economic inequality, injustice, racism, and apartheid. And I’m not speaking of her famous husband, Martin, but Coretta Scott King, a genuine ‘long distance runner’ and a significant  activist and intellectual in her own right.”

2. Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls by Monique W. Morris

“A wake-up call to anyone who believes the current generation of black girls are coming of age in a post-racial nirvana.  Morris’s analysis is clear-eyed, but many of the stories she tells will make you weep.”

3. When They Call You A Terrorist - A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

“Beautiful, heart-rending, intimate, illuminating, this book is above all a love story set in the political turmoil of black struggles for justice in the age of abandonment, hyper-policing, and mass incarceration.

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