President Barack Obama recommended Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi on his Black History Month reading list.
“In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to share a nonfiction reading list that can help to provide some essential context about the challenges that many people of color face every day. From modern memoirs to cornerstones of the American narrative, these works can help us better understand our country’s past and our evolving, persistent struggles with race—and they can be fuel on our journey toward a more fair and just future for all of our sons and daughters. They certainly are for me.
I hope you’ll take some time to read some of these books, letters, and articles.”