Here are some books and films community members think you might enjoy!
This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins. Published by Harper Perennial (2018). Recommended by Amanda Larson. This book invites you into the narrative and struggles that Morgan Jerkins experienced growing up as an African American female in a white context. Jerkins’ various essays throughout the book present her critical perspective on racism, feminism, pop culture and misogyny. This book is an informative, learning tool combined with engaging storytelling for women of other identities.
On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by DeRay Mckesson. Published by Viking (2018). Recommended by Emily Hoang. On the Other Side of Freedom draws from the experiences of civil rights activist and Black Lives Matter leader DeRay Mckesson to illustrate the complexities of oppression and racial injustice in America. The book, part memoir, part discussion, traces his movement into activism alongside the history of oppression in the US.
Boy Erased directed by Joel Edgerton (2018). Recommended by Jacob Dwyer. Boy Erased tells the courageous story of Jared Eamons , the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who must overcome the fallout of being outed to his parents. His parents struggle with reconciling their love for their son with their beliefs. Fearing a loss of family, friends, and community, Jared is pressured into attending a conversion therapy program. While there, Jared comes into conflict with its leader and begins his journey to finding his own voice and accepting his true self.