Black Lives Matter: reading list for increased insight

A year after riots and demonstrations, the Black Lives Matter movement is just as relevant. UB's reading list gives you current and historical book tips to understand the debate around racism in Norway and the rest of the world, from Eg snakkar om det heile tida by Camara Lundestad Joof to Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge.


On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed by police in the United States. This incident led to riots in the United States and demonstrations around the world. Questions about police violence, racism, activism, political processes and the state of democracy became hotly debated. In the past year, there have been several debates about racism, which we also find here in Norway. We have created a reading list that can hopefully contribute to increased insight. Here you will find both fiction and academic books, insights come in all forms!

Click on the title if you want to locate a book, or do your own search, you will find more in Oria! 

Eg snakkar om det heile tida (2018)
Camara Lundestad Joof

Brorskapet : en historie om drapet på Benjamin Hermansen (2021)
Anne Bitsch

Det norske sett med nye øyne (2002)
Marianne Gullestad

Melanin hvitere enn blekemiddel (2018)
Sumaya Jirde Ali

Afrikanere i Norge gjennom 400 år (2011)
Yacoub Cissé (red.) og Ann Falahat (red.)

Born a crime: stories from an South African childhood (2016)
Trevor Noah

Reflecting Rouge (2017)
Pumla Dineo Gqola

I write what I like : a selection of his writings (1979)
Stephen Biko

Back Bazar (2016)
Alain Mabanckou

White Innocence (2016)
Gloria Wekker

Sister Outsider (2007)
Audre Lorde

Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race (2017)
Reni Eddo-Lodge

The hill we climb : an inaugural poem for the country (2021)
Amanda Gorman

A FLY girl's guide to university : being a woman of colour at Cambridge and other institutions of power and elitism (2019)
Lola Olufemi

White fragility : why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism (2018)
Robin DiAngelo

Brit(ish) : on race, identity and belonging (2018)
Afua Hirsch

Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave (2017)
Frederick Douglass , William L. Andrews and William S. Mcfeely (red.)

The Making of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement (1996)
Brian Ward; Tony Badger; Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Conference on Civil Rights and Race Relations

The autobiography of Malcolm X (1992)
Malcolm X & Alex Haley

Understanding mass incarceration : a people`s guide to the civil rights struggle of our time (2015)
James Kilgore

Words of protest, words of freedom : poetry of the American civil rights movement and era : an anthology (2012)
Jeffrey Lamar Coleman (red.)

Strange fruit : Billie Holiday, Café Society and an early cry for civil rights (2001)
David. Margolick & Hilton Als

Freedom's daughters : the unsung heroines of the civil rights movement from 1830 to 1970 (c2001)
Lynne Olson

The art of protest : culture and activism from the civil rights movement to the streets of Seattle (c2005)
T.V. Reed

We shall overcome : the history of civil rights and the law (c2008)
Alexander Tsesis

Policing hatred : law enforcement, civil rights, and hate crime (c2002)
Jeannine Bell

Antiracist teaching (2015)
Robert P. Amico

But I Don't See Color : The Perils, Practices, and Possibilities of Antiracist Education (2016)
Terry Husband (red.)  

How to be an antiracist (2019)
Ibram X. Kendi

The heart of whiteness : confronting race, racism, and white privilege  (c2005)
Robert Jensen

On intellectual activism (2013)
Patricia Hill Collins

The Fire this time : a new generation speaks about race (2016)
Jesmyn Ward (red.)

The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness (cop. 2012)
Michelle. Alexander

Making sense of the alt-right (cop. 2017)
George Hawley

Hate and bias crime : a reader  (2003)
Barbara Perry (red.)

Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance (c2004)
Barack Obama

Risking everything : a Freedom Summer reader (cop. 2014)
Michael Edmonds (red.)

Teaching for dissent : citizenship education and political activism (cop. 2012)
Sarah M. Stitzlein

Black Lives Matter : from a moment to a movement (2017)
Laurie Collier Hillstrom

The souls of Black folk (2007)
W.E.B. Du Bois & Brent Hayes Edwards

The underground railroad : a novel (cop. 2016)
Colson Whitehead

Americanah (2013)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Black like me (1962)
John Howard Griffin

Playing in the dark : whiteness and the literary imagination (c1992)
Toni Morrison

Passing : authoritative text, backgrounds and contexts, critcism (cop. 2007)
Nella Larsen & Carla Kaplan

Kindred (cop. 2003)
Octavia E. Butler

The fire next time (cop. 1963)
James Baldwin

The origin of others (2017)
Toni Morrison

Between the world and me (2015)
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hadde jeg hatt vingene : noveller (2019)
Ralph Ellison

The hate u give (2017)
Angie Thomas

Published June 7, 2021 3:41 PM - Last modified Feb. 11, 2022 11:31 AM