Reading Resources

About the Book   ♦   Literary Works Referenced by Coates   ♦   Black at Oregon   ♦   Race and Identity   ♦   History   ♦   Further Reading

About the Book

UO Common Reading Reflection Guide to Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Class of 2020, IntroDUCKtion video with reading tips

UO Libraries Research Guide to Between the World and Me

New York Times book review by Michelle Alexander

Interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!

Interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates on NPR’s Fresh Air

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ National Book Award acceptance speech

Ta-Nehisi Coates reads an excerpt from Between the World and Me


The Case for Reparations: cover story by Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic

Sonia Sotomayor’s Devastating Ta-Nehisi Coates-citing Supeme Court Dissent in the Court’s ruling on Utah v. Strieff (June 20, 2016)

272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown. What Does It Owe Their Descendants? by Rachel L. Swarns for The New York Times

Say it Plain, Say it Loud: A Century of Great African American Speeches

Black History: Activism on Campus: timeline by Stefan M. Bradley, New York Times

Racism, History, and Lies: Some Doctrines of Racial Supremacy as Classically Taught in Euro/American Institutions, Textbooks, and Media by Max Dashu, Suppressed History Archives

Martin Luther King Jr. Offers Insight into ‘Justice for All’ by Rhonda V. Magee, University of San Francisco


Literary Works Referenced by Coates

A Letter to My Nephew by James Baldwin (1962) in The Progressive magazine

Between the World and Me, poem by Richard Wright

Malcolm, poem by Sonia Sanchez quoted at the beginning of part I

Ka ‘Ba, poem by Imamu Amiri Baraka quoted at beginning of part II

On Being White…And Other Lies, essay by James Baldwin (1984) in Essence quoted at beginning of part III

Race and Identity

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person, an essay on intersectionality and privilege by Gina Crosley-Corcoran

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by Peggy McIntosh

Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America in conversation with UCLA Professor of History, Brenda Stevenson at the Hammer Museum, UCLA

On Views of Race and Inequality, Blacks and Whites are Worlds Apart: Report from the Pew Research Center

I, Racist by John Metta in Those People

A Conversation with my Black Son’ an Op-Doc video by Geeta Gandbhir and Blair Foster
Black Study, Black Struggle: Opening the debate essay by Robin D. G. Kelley, with response forum essays by other contributors in Boston Review

A Dialogue on Race and Speech at Yale: A conversation with Yale undergraduate Bria Godley and Conor Friedersdorf of the The Atlantic

The Black Girl Pushout: interview by Melinda D. Anderson (The Atlantic) with Monique W. Morris, co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute and author of The Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

Learning How to Code-Switch: Humbling But Necessary: essay by Eric Deggins for NPR’s race, ethnicity, and culture blog “Code Switch”

All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People of Multiple Backgrounds? by Leah Donnella for NPR’s race, ethnicity, and culture blog “Code Switch”

An Open Letter to the Artist as a Young Woman or Man; Or, Why We Need to Talk about Race: Marilo Nuñez in Canadian Theatre Review

Black at Oregon

The Racist History of Portland, the Whitest City in America by Alana Samuels for The Atlantic

Grievances and Demands of Black Students on the University of Oregon: Memo from the Black Student Union memo to the UO president in 1968

Black Student Task Force list of demands to UO administration, 2015

UO Taking Action on African-American Student Issues: letter from UO president Michael H. Schill and vice president for equity and inclusion Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh in response to the demands of the Black Student Task Force

Report on the History of Matthew P. Deady and Frederick S. Dunn: Historians’ report to UO President Michael Schill regarding possible denaming of campus buildings, 2016.

President Schill’s follow up letter outlining the decision to dename Dunn Hall, 2016

President Schill’s letter outlining his recommendation to keep the name Deady Hall, 2017

UO President Nominates First Black Graduate of A&AAA in Renaming of Former Dunn Hall, 2017

Untold Stories: Black History at the University of Oregon from Special Collections and University Archives

Looking Back in Order to Move Forward: timeline of Oregon and U.S. racial, immigration, and education history compiled by Elaine Rector (Coaching for Educational Equity)

Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History: an Oregon Humanities Conversation with Walidah Imarisha (Portland State University) recorded at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Oregon Black Pioneers Focus on African American History by Lyndsey Hewitt for the Portland Tribune

A Bit of Eugene’s African-American History Now Memorialized in Stone by Francesca Fontana in The Register-Guard

Mims Houses Memorial Monument Dedication speech by Lisa Johnson Ponder, May 29, 2016

Further Reading

Reading list of other books recommended by Coates and interview with Coates at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Radical Political Action Reading List, compiled by Derecka Purnell, Boston Review

18 Books Every White Ally Should Read, compiled by Crystal Paul, Bustle

The Year of Black Memoir by Imani Perry, in Public Books