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Suggested Readings, Movies, and Activities

Movies:

“The Big Sick” is based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail, who connects with grad student Emily after one of his stand-up sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents.

“Whose Streets?” is an unflinching look at how the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.

“Wonder Woman”: An Amazon princess (Gal Gadot) finds her idyllic life on an island occupied only by female warriors interrupted when a pilot (Chris Pine) crash-lands nearby. After rescuing him, she learns that World War I is engulfing the planet, and vows to use her superpowers to restore peace. Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster).

“Detroit”; Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel.

“Loving” Virginia native Richard Loving committed what many considered to be an extremely radical act to prove his devotion to Mildred Jeter in 1958. He married her. See their true love story in theaters now.

“Hidden Figures”: This movie depicts the story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American math genius who helped put men on the Moon. Johnson, who is portrayed on screen by Taraji P. Henson, is still alive and will be celebrating her 98th birthday this month. She displayed brilliance in mathematics at a young age and after starting out as a teacher she went to work at NACA, the precursor to NASA, in 1953. She calculated the trajectory of the Apollo 11 mission and in decades since has worked on the Space Shuttle program and even the current plans to go to Mars.

Books:

“Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?” by Kathleen Collins

"Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

"Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson

"Becoming Nicole" by Amy Ellis Nutt

"The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West" by Peter Cozzens

"No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions" by Ryan Berg

"The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration is a highly acclaimed historical study" by Isabel Wilkerson, which received the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

"Dog Whistle Politics" by Ian Haney Lopez

"White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide" is a 2016 non-fiction book written by Carol Anderson. A look into how whiteness functions in American life and how the legacy of structural racism has brought about white anger and resentment.

"Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria" by Beverly Daniel Tatum

"Angels of Detroit" by Christopher Hebert

“Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority” by Steve Phillips

“The Fire This Time: A New Generation Talks about Race”, by Jesmyn Ward

"Wilber 'Bullet' Rogan and the Kansas City Monarchs" by Phil S. Dixon

“The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead