In 1954, the Brown v. Board of Education decision overturned state-sponsored segregation. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court declared that “separate but equal” was inherently unequal, and thus unconstitutional. And yet, 64 years later, we still live in a segregated society. Education for black and brown students is more separate today than it was in the late 1960s.
Thanks to social media and an increasingly polarizing political climate, what used to only be visible to those experiencing racial injustice is now visible to anyone with a Twitter account. We’re living in the midst of a critical hour, a defining moment in our country. And we have two options: engage or ignore. While engagement—in and of itself—won’t fix our problems, it’s a necessary starting place. It’s one of the reasons I wrote my latest novel, No One Ever Asked.
So without further ado, here are seven books with the power to encourage engagement and ignite conversation.
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