Dive into our Activist Summer Reading List.
We’ve had a busy week taking steps to reduce our plastic footprint, demanding NO on Dreiband, and writing the CDC about gun violence — you deserve some relaxation! For today’s #DailyRevolution, find a nice patch of grass, bench, or couch to camp out on and read a book from the ANYR summer reading list:
- Redefining Realness, by writer and trans-activist Janet Mock, is a memoir about one woman’s journey to self-actualization while growing up poor, multi-racial, and trans in America. The book made the New York Times Best Sellers list, and appears on just about every listicle about the best trans memoirs out there.
- We Were Feminists Once: From RIOT GRRRL to COVERGIRL®, the buying and selling of a political movement, by co-founder of BITCH Media, Andi Zeisler, explores the identity crisis that any social movement has once it becomes a brand. Surveying movies, TV, advertising, fashion, and more, Zeisler reveals how feminism has been co-opted and watered down — and how we can take it back.
- Sister Outsider, by feminist lesbian poet and civil rights activist Audre Lorde, is the seminal collection of her essays and speeches. Lorde was born in 1934, and drew attention for challenging the ethnocentric white feminism of the 1960s and pioneering the concept that racism, sexism, and homophobia were all linked. It includes the oft-quoted essay, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.”
- Black Panther Series, by MacArthur Genius and National Book Award-winning writer of Between The World And Me Ta-Nehisi Coates and illustrator Brian Stelfreeze, is a revival of the superhero Black Panther and includes several other black Marvel characters. In it, the thriving Wakanda nation is under violent siege from the terrorist group The People, and Black Panther (aka T’Challa) must lead his nation to victory.
- Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement, by writer, political activist and educator Angela Davis, is a collection of essays and speeches wherein Davis examines the prison industrial complex and systematic racism. She also draws connections from global and historical movements to the present, to shed light on the struggles of today’s political movements.
- Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, by Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay, is a reflection on sexual and racial identity. In a searingly personal memoir, Gay draws connections between her weight and the trauma of having been sexually assaulted as a child.
And as a *bonus action*, share your #ANYRsummerread on Instagram or Twitter and tag @anewyearsrevolution.