Books/Author Interviews

Isabel Wilkerson:
In her book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of race and caste in America. The book describes how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. In this video, Wilkerson is in conversation with Bryan Stevenson, the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. He is also the author of the award winning book Just Mercy.
Ta – Nehisi Coates:
In this video, author Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses his debut novel, The Water Dancer, with Ibram X. Kendi, author, historian, and the Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University. Kendi is the recipient of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction for his book Stamped from the Beginning. Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author ofThe Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Coates lives in New York City with his wife and son.
Resmaa Menakem: 
In this video, author and counselor, Resmaa Menakem, discusses his groundbreaking book,My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies. is an international speaker, healer, author, and leadership coach. He works with people, communities, and organizations around the world, helping them improve their abilities to tap into their individual and communal resilience. Resmaa’s keynotes, workshops, coaching, and individual services have reached thousands of people from hundreds of communities over the years. He brings a rich background of over 28 years of experience in healing, organizing, executive management, leadership, consulting, and coaching.

Robin Diangelo:Here’s a dynamic interview between Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem, the bestselling author of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.Robin DiAngelo’s New York Times bestseller White Fragility, a “methodical, irrefutable exposure of racism in thought and action” (The New Yorker), explores the counterproductive white behaviors that help maintain racism and offers white people solutions to engage more responsibly in their work against white supremacy. DiAngelo is a professor of education at the University of Washington and has worked as a consultant and facilitator on issues of social and racial justice for more than 25 years.

Kimberle Crenshaw:
In this TED Talk, Kimberle Crenshaw, attorney and scholar, discusses the reality of race and gender bias and helps us understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Crenshaw uses the term “intersectionality” to describe this phenomenon. She says, if you’re standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you’re likely to get hit by both. She asks us to bear witness to this reality and speak for victims of prejudice.

bell hooks

In this discussion on mapping the pathways of change, bell hooks, Marci Blackman, and Darnell Moore discuss how to confront loss and move from pain to power.
bell hooks is an author, activist, feminist, and former scholar-in-residence at The New School. She is the author of many books, including Teaching to Transgress, All About Love: New Visions, and The Will to Change. Marci Blackman is an author, whose first novel, Po Man’s Child, received the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award for Best Fiction and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Best New Fiction. Darnell L. Moore is a Senior Editor at MicNews. Along with NFL player Wade Davis II, he co-founded YOU Belong, a social company focused on the development of diversity initiatives.