Facilitator’s Picks Book List for the 2018 Anne Braden Program

These books below are a sampling of our favorite books, everything from autobiographies to well-researched histories to speculative fiction. It was hard for each of us to choose just one book, so if you want more recommendations of readings about any of these topics or from these authors just ask us! As you’re continuing on in your organizing and learning post-Braden, we hope these books and others you find along the way will help you build the path in front of you.


Donna Willmott: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the U.S. by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz

Dylan Cooke: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Rahul Janowski: The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk

Ingrid Chapman: Developing the Leaders Around You by John C. Maxwell

Jill Shenker: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Will Dominie: Another Country by James Baldwin

Molly McClure: Exile & Pride by Eli Clare

Clare Bayard: Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision by Barbara Ransby

Chanelle Gallant: As We Have Always Done by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson 

Alia Trindle: Living for Change: An Autobiography by Grace Lee Boggs

Isaac Szmonko: Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination by Robin DG Kelley