The Educated Activist

We believe we need to continually learn and grow as human beings and as activists, to deepen our understanding of our own society, and to imagine together how to create a better world that lives up to our vision of equity and justice. Please think of these recommendations as a jumping-off place, a place to start. Our goal is for all IKARites to become more proximal to these stories. We continue to seek out informative and iconic work available in all forms of media, and will be updating these lists as we learn of new titles.

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May this be the start of an exciting journey for you and your family.

Anti-Racism & Understanding Race in America

“To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” – James Baldwin

Criminal Justice, Mass Incarceration & Modern Abolition

“When our ancestors tried to abolish slavery what they really got was reform. It is now our imperative to complete the call to abolish.” – Reverend Eddie Anderson


“When strangers reside with you in your land, you shall not wrong them. The strangers who reside with you shall be to you as your own citizens; you shall love the stranger as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Lev. 19:33-34)

Social Justice / Activism / Democratic Engagement

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

For Children & Young Adults

“Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.” – Congressman John Lewis

Prominent Black Writers

Black literature, narratives, poetry, art, and histories go back centuries (and that’s only in the Americas). Here are the names of a few prominent Black authors and thought leaders, not previously mentioned, who have contributed immensely to that cornucopia of work.

Put Your Money Where Your Values Are

“Support is a verb.” – The Village Market