Race, Racism and the Law: A Summer Reading & Watching List

Keele Law School Colleagues have put together this : Race, Racism and the Law: A Summer Reading & Watching List which can be accessed on a google doc here or on a blog post below.

Thank you for these resources from Dr Ezgi Taşcıoğlu , Keele Law School 2nd & 3rd year students Mellisa Ssanyu, Ruth Arhin and Yvette Mwesigye, Professor Alex Sharpe, Professor Alison Brammer, Dr Awol Allo, Dr Fabienne Emmerich, Felicity Adams, Dr Forough Ramezankhah, Hannah Gibbons-Jones, Dr Jane Krishnadas, Dr John Cotter, Dr Mario Prost, Rachel Treloar, Dr Senthorun Raj, Dr Sotirios Santatzoglou, Dr Stella Coyle & Dr Szilard Gaspar-Szilagyi.

If you would like to write a review of any of the resources you use, like how accessible you found it and what you learned there is a contact form at the bottom of this post.

Race, Racism and the Law: A Summer Reading & Watching List


  • Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch
  • Talkin’ Up To The White Woman: Indigenous Women And Feminism by Aileen Moreton-Robinson
  • Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
  • The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale (Free E-book on Verso until 17th June)
  • Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde by Alexis de Vaux
  • The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  • Me Not You: The Trouble with Mainstream Feminism (Chapter 3) by Alison Phipps
  • Small Island by Andrea Levy
  • Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons and Torture by Angela Davis
  • Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
  • Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
  • Race, Gender and the Body in British Immigration Control: Subject to Examination by Evan Smith and Marinella Marmo
  • Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
  • Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands by Hazel V. Carby
  • How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  • Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar and Alana Yu-Ian Price (Free E-book on Haymarket until 12th June)
  • Black Handsworth: Race in 1980s Britain by Kieran Connell
  • Heavy by Kiese Laymon
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
  • I Know Why A Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History by Michel-Rolph Trouillot (Chapter 3: An Unthinkable History)
  • Bordering Britain: Law, Race and Empire by Nadine El-Enany


  • Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela
  • Race, Law, Resistance by Patricia Tuitt
  • The Alchemy of Race and Rights by Patricia J. Williams
  • When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele
  • Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain by Peter Fryer
  • Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent by Priyamvada Gopal
  • Why I am No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California by Ruth Wilson Gilmore
  • 12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northup
  • Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State, and Law and Order by Stuart Hall
  • Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga
  • Wealth, Poverty, and Politics by Thomas Sowell
  • Love by Toni Morrison
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story of Black Lives Matter by Wesley Lowery
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith

University Minnesota Press open access collection: Reading for Racial Justice (all free until August 31, 2020)


  • 13th (directed by Ava DuVernay, Netflix)
  • Crime + Punishment (directed by Stephen Maing)
  • Eyes On The Prize (Blackside)
  • I Am Not Your Negro (directed by Raoul Peck)
  • Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story (Paramount)
  • Shame In The Game: Racism In Football (BBC)
  • Slavery By Another Name (PBS)
  • Stephen: The Murder That Changed A Nation (BBC)
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story (Netflix)
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (available on YouTube)
  • The Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files (BBC, currently available on iPlayer)

Films & Series

  • 12 Years A Slave (directed by Steve McQueen)
  • Andrea Levy’s Small Island (to be broadcast by NT Live via YouTube, from 7pm on Thursday 18 June for one week)
  • Detroit (directed by Kathryn Bigelow)
  • Get Out (directed by Jordan Peele)
  • Just Mercy (directed by Destin Daniel Cretton)
  • La Haine (directed by Mathieu Kassovitz)
  • Malcolm X (directed by Spike Lee)
  • Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam CJ Walker (Netflix)
  • Selma (directed by Ava DuVernay)
  • Sitting in Limbo (BBC, currently available on iPlayer)
  • The Hate You Give (directed by George Tillman Jr.)
  • When They See Us (directed by Ava DuVernay, Netflix)

Free Films on Black Lives provided by BFI



Web Resources


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