Anti-Racist Reading List

Anti-Racist Reading List

The MLML/MBARI Research Library is committed to addressing racial inequality and supporting the marginalized communities that are a part of our MLML Family. Below please find a list of recommended anti-racist readings, all of which can be accessed electronically.

The MLML/MBARI Research Library shares MLML, SJSU, and MBARI’s institutional commitments to addressing racial inequality. The Library stands in solidarity with the Executive Board of the American Library Association and we are proud to be one of many libraries across the United States to condemn violence and racism towards all people and marginalized communities of color. This guide and statement of support is a small start in the work we as a society and nation have ahead of us. The MLML/MBARI Research Library pledges to work with the MLML and MBARI communities to fight against racism and for social justice. 


Racism & diversity in marine science

Diversity within marine science: we can do better by Danielle Perry, Oceanbites Blog

How to make oceanography less racist by K Theresa, Trans Oceanographer Blog

Narrowing the diversity gap in marine science by Edna Francisco, Science Magazine

Strategies for increasing diversity in the ocean science workforce through mentoring by Ashanti Johnson, Melanie J. Huggans, David Siegfried, and LaTanya Braxton, Oceanography Magazine

Diversity and inclusion in conservation: a proposal for a marine diversity network by Nicola S. Smith, et al., Frontiers in Marine Science

Racism & diversity in science

I’m a Black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Washington Post

The disturbing resilience of scientific racism by Ramin Skibba, Smithsonian Magazine

The troubled success of Black women in STEM by Ebony O. McGee & Lydia Bentley, Cognition and Instruction Journal

Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering NSF Report

Ten simple rules for building an anti-racist lab by V. Bala Chaudhary & Asmeret Asefaw Berhe


There are many great anti-racist reading lists out there. The book list provided here is based off of The New York Times Antiracist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi. We will be adding books to this list as we gain access to them. Full text for the books listed below can be accessed through the MLML/MBARI Research Library by following the links listed after every title. Many of the platforms will require you to sign in using your MLML or MBARI library credentials. If you have trouble signing in, more information can be found in our Offsite Access Guide or you can email us at for assistance.

Trust in Black America: Race, Discrimination, and Politics by Shayla C. Nunnally

White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness by Ruth Fankenberg

Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism by Shannon Sullivan

The Condemnation Of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Women of Color in STEM: Navigating the Workforce by Julia Ballenger, Barbara Polnick, and Beverly Irby

Racism: A Very Short Introduction by Ali Rattansi

Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition by Cedric J. Robinson 

The Negro Artist And The Racial Mountain by Langston Hughes

Additional Resources

Online Educational Resources

Additional Book Lists

More Ways to Access Books

To the left we have linked to other reading lists we used for inspiration. You’ll find many more informative, inspiring, and necessary reads on these lists. Here are some ways to get access to them: