A selection of recommended readings on race.

We at Vault + Vine aim to continually examine the impact of our actions in regards to marginalized communities by educating ourselves through personal study and ongoing staff conversations.

A good place to start: Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources 

This is a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. These resources have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible. 

Individual webinars: Good Ancestor Academy by Layla F. Saad 

Personal leadership and anti-racism classes for becoming a good ancestor, including topics such as “How to Show up in BIPOC-Only Spaces without White Centering” and “Parenting and White Supremacy.” 

Resources for the workplace: 

Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay – Chances Are They’re Not 

To white organizational leaders, silence is violence: Here’s what you should do now 

white supremacy culture by Tema Okun 

SURJ: Showing Up for Racial Justice  

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. 

Black-owned bookstores in Philadelphia: 

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books (Germantown) 

Harriett’s Bookshop (Fishtown) 


Personal Growth 

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo 

For a critical note regarding the intellectualization of race leading white authors to profiting from antiracism work, we invite you to read the article linked here.

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad 

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson 


Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by John Lewis and Michael D’Orso 

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah 

Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy, and Love of My Son Michael Brown by Lezley McSpadden with Lyah Beth LeFlore 

Graphic Novels 

March (series) by John Lewis 

Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, inspired by a 1950s comic book that helped prepare his own generation to join the struggle. Now, March brings the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world. 


Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land by Leah Penniman  


Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum 

Financial Literacy in the Black Community by Christian Simmons

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