My mother asked me to create a summer reading list for my siblings. I was happy to do it. As I thought about how to craft this, i decided to fill what I perceived to be the gaps in their school’s curriculum. While this isn’t an exhaustive list of all of the books that I would like my sisters to read, it’s definitely a starting point. `Many of these texts played a significant role in framing my own thoughts about race, feminism, womanism, colonialism, and the like.
1. A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
2. The Wretched of the Earth & Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
3. A Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire
4. The Combahee River Collective Statement
5. Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis
6. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name & Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
7. Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique
8. The Hills of Hebron by Sylvia Wynter
10. Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste
In love, solidarity, and the interest of decolonizing knowledge and power.