Black History Month provides us with an opportunity to reflect on some of the accomplishments and struggles of Black/African American people within the United States. NCU professor, Dr. Annabelle Goodwin, shares her opinions on racial diversity and suggested books on African American history.
According to Dr. Goodwin, “Our country has a long history of racial oppression and discrimination. Each of us has unique experiences and we were raised with different lessons and stories that inform who we are, what we believe, and how we treat people. As a white person who grew up in Portland, Oregon, I was mostly surrounded by other white/Euro-American people. As a white person who is committed to social justice, I believe that it is important for me to raise my awareness of the history and experiences that I have had little exposure to.”
One of the ways Dr. Goodwin has raised her awareness about this topic is through reading. “I’ve selected a handful of recent reads that have helped me to gain perspective and raise my consciousness,” states Goodwin.
“These books have collectively helped me to understand more about how slavery influences families today, how women encountered different types of challenges when fighting for civil rights, how people will work to dehumanize a child to uphold their superiority, and how our current legal system has laws and policies in place that unfairly work against black people in the US. Additionally, these books have shown me a lot about strength, commitment, perseverance, justice, and resiliency.”
Here is a list of books that Dr. Goodwin recommends. We hope you find this list useful. Please share with us what you are reading and how it’s touched your life by contacting NCU Communications.