A selection of resources about self care, body, spirit, and dealing with other people.
Racial Battle Fatigue by Jennifer L. Martin (Editor)[B]rings together a collection of personal stories and critical reflections on the repercussions of doing social justice work in the field and in the university ... [A]ctivists, scholars, activist scholars, and public intellectuals share experiences of microaggressions, racial battle fatigue, and retaliation because of their identities, the people for whom they advocate, and what they study
Call Number: LC212.2 .R325 2015
Publication Date: 2015-01-26
The Body Is Not an Apology: the Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee TaylorAs we awaken to our own indoctrinated body shame, we feel inspired to awaken others and to interrupt the systems that perpetuate body shame and oppression against all bodies. When we act from this truth on a global scale, we usher in the transformative opportunity of radical self-love, which is the opportunity for a more just, equitable, and compassionate world--for us all.
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-LodgeThe book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.
Call Number: DA125.A1 E33 2018
Publication Date: 2017-11-07
Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery by bell hooksIn Sisters of the Yam, bell hooks reflects on the ways in which the emotional health of black women has been and continues to be impacted by sexism and racism. Desiring to create a context where black females could both work on their individual efforts for self-actualization while remaining connected to a larger world of collective struggle, hooks articulates the link between self-recovery and political resistance.
Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat: a Story of Bulimia by Stephanie Covington ArmstrongIn this moving first-person narrative, Armstrong describes her struggle as a black woman with a disorder consistently portrayed as a white woman’s problem. Trying to escape her selfhatred and her food obsession by never slowing down, Stephanie becomes trapped in a downward spiral. Finally, she can no longer deny that she will die if she doesn’t get help, overcome her shame, and conquer her addiction to using food as a weapon against herself.
Call Number: RC552.B84 C68 2009
Publication Date: 2009-08-01
Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley SnortonThe story of Christine Jorgensen, Americas first prominent transsexual, famously narrated trans embodiment in the postwar era. Her celebrity, however, has obscured other mid-century trans narratives-ones lived by African Americans such as Lucy Hicks Anderson and James McHarris. Their erasure from trans history masks the profound ways race has figured prominently in the construction and representation of transgender subjects.
Call Number: HQ77.95.U6 S66 2017
Publication Date: 2017-12-05
Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now by Maya Angelouhis is Maya Angelou talking from the heart, down to earth and real, but also inspiring. This is a book to treasured, a book about being in all ways a woman, about living well, about the power of the word, and about the power spirituality to move and shape your life. Passionate, lively, and lyrical, Maya Angelou's latest unforgettable work offers a gem of truth on every page.
Call Number: PS3551.N464 W68 1993
Publication Date: 1994-10-01
Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving by Iyanla VanzantIyanla Vanzant has had an amazing and difficult life -- one of great challenges that unmasked her wonderful gifts and led to wisdom gained. In this simple book, she uses her own personal experiences to show how life's hardships can be re-languaged and revisioned to become lessons that teach us as we grow, heal, and learn to love. The pain of the past does not have to be today's reality.
Call Number: BF637.C5 V365 2000
Publication Date: 2000-03-02
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesIn a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis.
Call Number: E185.615 .C6335 2015
Publication Date: 2015-07-14
Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman's Journey Through Depression by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah, MFA '99Danquah, a black single mother and Ghanian-born immigrant, who moved to the U.S. at age six in 1973, has battled melancholy and despair, culminating in episodes of overwhelming depression. A performance artist and poet who has worked as a creative writing instructor, she discusses movingly how she overcame clinical depression in this candid memoir. Addressing the special circumstances of being both depressive and an African American woman, she notes, for example, that talking about one's parents is frowned on in African as well as African American culture.
Call Number: RC537 .D295 1998
Publication Date: 1998-02-17
Spell Breaking: Remembered Ways of Being by Carole Ione, '59Eighteen members of an international Women's Mysteries community write about the way we experience the potency of Yoruba ritual, the deepest grief of loss, the awakening of creativity and life purpose,the renewal of resolve and the transcendence of life threatening illness.
In these pages, feelings, dreams, memories emerge illuminating the often harrowing process of "Spell Breaking" that can lead to a special kind of satisfaction, the remembering of deep and essential "ways of being".
We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Lights in a Time of Darkness: Mediations by Alice WalkerA book of spiritual ruminations with a progressive political edge, from the Pulitzer Prize-winner who has devoted her life to befriending the earth. Walker has long been a force for sanity in a chaotic world. Here she draws on her deep spiritual grounding, her political conviction and experience, and her literary gifts to offer a series of meditations filled with wisdom, hope, encouragement, and, at times, serenity to a world in need of all these things.
Call Number: PS3573.A425 W43 2006
Publication Date: 2006-11-01
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing BrownThe author's first encounter with a racialized America came at age seven, when her parents told her they named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. She grew up in majority-white schools, organizations, and churches, and has spent her life navigating America's racial divide as a writer, a speaker, and an expert helping organizations practice genuine inclusion. While so many institutions claim to value diversity in their mission statements, many fall short of matching actions to words. Brown highlights how white middle-class evangelicalism has participated in the rise of racial hostility, and encourages the reader to confront apathy and recognize God's ongoing work in the world.
Call Number: E185.615 .B7335 2018
Publication Date: 2018-05-15
Black Women's Health: Challenges and Opportunities by Wesley Yvonne (Editor)This new and important book gives a broad look at the problems that African American women face both mentally and physically as related to health care. It also describes ways that practitioners, researchers, and the society as a whole can aid in alleviating the issues that African American women face on a daily basis.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2010-01-01
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane GayRoxane Gay addresses the experience of living in a body that she calls 'wildly undisciplined.' She casts an insightful and critical eye over her childhood, teens, and twenties -- including the devastating act of violence that was a turning point at age 12 -- and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.
Call Number: BF697.5.B63 G39 2017
Publication Date: 2017-06-13
Letter to My Daughter by Maya AngelouDedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou's path to living well and living a life with meaning. Whether she is recalling such lost friends as Coretta Scott King and Ossie Davis, extolling honesty, decrying vulgarity, explaining why becoming a Christian is a "lifelong endeavor," or simply singing the praises of a meal of red rice--Maya Angelou writes from the heart to millions of women she considers her extended family.
No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies by E. Patrick Johnson (Editor)The follow-up to the groundbreaking Black Queer Studies, the edited collection No Tea, No Shade brings together nineteen essays from the next generation of scholars, activists, and community leaders doing work on black gender and sexuality. Building on the foundations laid by the earlier volume, this collection's contributors speak new truths about the black queer experience while exemplifying the codification of black queer studies as a rigorous and important field of study.
Call Number: E185.625 .N59 2016
Publication Date: 2016-10-28
The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love by bell hooksEveryone needs to love and be loved -- even men. But to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving. In The Will to Change, bell hooks gets to the heart of the matter and shows men how to express the emotions that are a fundamental part of who they are -- whatever their age, marital status, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low by C. Riley SnortonSnorton traces the emergence and circulation of the down low in contemporary media and popular culture to show how these portrayals reinforce troubling perceptions of black sexuality. Reworking Eve Sedgwick's notion of the 'glass closet, ' Snorton advances a new theory of such representations in which black sexuality is marked by hypervisibility and confinement, spectacle, and speculation.
Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brownInspired by Octavia Butler's explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book invites us to feel, map, assess, and learn from the swirling patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen.
The Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese A. SinghA powerful and practical guide to help you navigate racism, challenge privilege, manage stress and trauma, and begin to heal.Healing from racism is a journey that often involves reliving trauma and experiencing feelings of shame, guilt, and anxiety. This journey can be a bumpy ride, and before we begin healing, we need to gain an understanding of the role history plays in racial/ethnic myths and stereotypes. In so many ways, to heal from racism, you must re-educate yourself and unlearn the processes of racism. This book can help guide you.The Racial Healing Handbook offers practical tools to help you navigate daily and past experiences of racism, challenge internalized negative messages and privileges, and handle feelings of stress and shame. You'll also learn to develop a profound racial consciousness and conscientiousness, and heal from grief and trauma. Most importantly, you'll discover the building blocks to creating a community of healing in a world still filled with racial microaggressions and discrimination.This book is not just about ending racial harm—it is about racial liberation. This journey is one that we must take together. It promises the possibility of moving through this pain and grief to experience the hope, resilience, and freedom that helps you not only self-actualize, but also makes the world a better place.