America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis is a passionate plea for evangelical churches to move beyond racism to repentance and reconciliation with African-Americans

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is a hard-hitting criticism of racist violence against the bodies and souls of black people.

Considering Hate: Violence, Goodness, and Justice in American Culture and Politics by Kay Whitlock & Michael Bronski is a call for an ethic of interdependence and accountability, a commitment to the expansion of the Commons, and a radical and compassionate embrace of the neighbor to counter hatred and violence.

The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life by Elijah Anderson is a rousing celebration of city, civility, diversity, and places where the walls between the races are pulled down.

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone is a theologian's incisive assessment of lynching in America and a critique of the silence of Christian communities.

The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America by Mark Lewis Taylor is a morally rigorous Christian work condemning the failures of the prison system in America.

Hope on a Tightrope: Words & Wisdom by Cornel West offers suggestions to help us get unadjusted from injustice.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander is a scorching and incisive critique of the new caste system in America emanating from the War on Drugs and resulting in the mass imprisonment of nearly half of the nation's black men.

The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison examines the universal quest for belonging, the fear and obfuscation that animates the gulf between whites and blacks, the color fetish, and the efforts of many authors to convey the clashes brought on by virulent racism.

The Radical King by Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Cornel West shares insights into the radical vision of Martin Luther King, Jr., and what it means for our times.

The Rooster's Egg: On the Persistence of Prejudice by Patricia J. Williams is a multidimensional look at the meanspiritedness that is afoot in American culture today.

Soul Among Lions: Musings of a Bootleg Preacher by Will D. Campbell presents a collection of prophetic meditations on issues revolving around justice.

United America by Wayne Baker is an optimistic look at ten core values held by most Americans.

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel is an accessible and invaluable toolkit for fighting institutional racism.

We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light in A Time of Darkness by Alice Walker shares an uplifting collection of essays, talks, and meditations on the subjects that have most passionately engaged her over the years — peace, justice, and the transformation of the world.