After a tumultuous 2020 plagued by COVID-19 and social unrest, people turned to books as sources of information and catharsis, says Melissa Pearson, assistant teaching professor of English at Northeastern. Here’s a comprehensive reading list, comprised of books from the New York Times Best Sellers list, Amazon charts, and Northeastern Library’s Anti-Racism Reading Guide, to learn more about Black experiences.
Lurking behind systems from enslavement to segregation, from redlining to police violence, is a “brutal logic” from which the “lives and families of African Americans are subject to the acquisition by people to enrich themselves,” said author Ta-Nehisi Coates during a daylong conference hosted by Northeastern’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project and the Africana Studies Program that also included commentary from noted activist Angela Y. Davis and others, as well as testimony from the descendants of lynching victims.
Northeastern will host writer and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates and civil rights icon Angela Davis for a conference on reparations for the descendants of lynching victims. The historic event will take place at a time when public officials across the country are making a renewed effort to repair past wrongs within their communities, says Margaret Burnham, university distinguished professor of law.