Power Shift Project Book Club

Power Shift Project Book Club

The Power Shift Project is curating a list of books, documentaries and podcasts for aspiring allies who are dedicated to learning.

We’ve tapped the wisdom of our Power Shift Project board members, summit participants and Workplace Integrity trainers for their recommendations.

These recommendations include works that some have found transformational, and that many consider essential for those committed to diversity.

The list will continue to grow as we continue to reach out for new selections.

Recommendations are listed here with a personal note from each person who nominated a selection about why they chose it.

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Topic: Reporting on Diverse Communities

“A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveler”

book by Jason Roberts

Recommended by Ellen Rofles, Newsy

“A page-turner that explores the exaggerated preference society often places on sight as the primary way to confirm and convey truths and facts.”

“So You Want to Talk about Race”

book by Ijeoma Oluo

Recommended by Jill Geisler, Freedom Forum/Loyola University Chicago

“When we talk across difference, we often operate on assumptions and simplistic theories. The author tackles all of this head on, with the goal of helping people go beyond the superficial, think critically and speak with clarity. It can be humbling for a person of privilege to read, which is exactly why it is so important.”

“The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars: Henry M. Jackson, Forrest J. Gerard and the Campaign for the Self-Determination of America’s Indian Tribes”

book by Mark Trahant

Recommended by Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Indian Country Today

“For anyone who wants to report on Indian country, this book covers federal Indian policy making.”

“The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle and the Awakening of America”

book by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff

Recommended by Jill Geisler, Freedom Forum/Loyola University Chicago

“This Pulitzer Prize–winning, deeply researched book should be must-reading for every journalist. It chronicles the coverage (for better and worse) of the civil rights movement, the role of the black press and the power of imagery. It reveals how racism was institutionalized and rationalized and helps readers understand the how the past connects to present systemic racism.”