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Antiracism is at the forefront of the national discussion today as people seek to challenge racial injustice and inequality. Activist and author Kenrya Rankin has compiled thoughtful and incisive passages from leading antiracist voices past and present in this must-have collection for everyone who cares about promoting racial equity. Kenrya Rankin celebrates resistance by c Antiracism is at the forefront of the national discussion today as people seek to challenge racial injustice and inequality. Activist and author Kenrya Rankin has compiled thoughtful and incisive passages from leading antiracist voices past and present in this must-have collection for everyone who cares about promoting racial equity. Kenrya Rankin celebrates resistance by centering and honoring antiracist voices, past and present. This exciting collection showcases passages from the writings or speeches of thinkers and activists in the antiracist community--these are words to enlighten, to prompt change, to provide encouragement, and to move readers to action. A brief biographical note for each person quoted gives context to their words through a look at their life and work. The bold and colorful design underlines the energy and movement toward real change.


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Antiracism is at the forefront of the national discussion today as people seek to challenge racial injustice and inequality. Activist and author Kenrya Rankin has compiled thoughtful and incisive passages from leading antiracist voices past and present in this must-have collection for everyone who cares about promoting racial equity. Kenrya Rankin celebrates resistance by c Antiracism is at the forefront of the national discussion today as people seek to challenge racial injustice and inequality. Activist and author Kenrya Rankin has compiled thoughtful and incisive passages from leading antiracist voices past and present in this must-have collection for everyone who cares about promoting racial equity. Kenrya Rankin celebrates resistance by centering and honoring antiracist voices, past and present. This exciting collection showcases passages from the writings or speeches of thinkers and activists in the antiracist community--these are words to enlighten, to prompt change, to provide encouragement, and to move readers to action. A brief biographical note for each person quoted gives context to their words through a look at their life and work. The bold and colorful design underlines the energy and movement toward real change.

57 review for Words of Change: Antiracism

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaways. It is a quick read made up of pictures of famous people paired with anti-racism quotes. Definitely worth a read, and there were a lot of quotes and people I hadn't heard of before, so it's led me to do more research. I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaways. It is a quick read made up of pictures of famous people paired with anti-racism quotes. Definitely worth a read, and there were a lot of quotes and people I hadn't heard of before, so it's led me to do more research.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Isra

    From the author of 'How We Fight White Supremacy' comes a compilation book filled with inspiration and quotes from a diverse background of visionaries such as AOC, Henry Thoreau and Malcolm X among so many others. I received an advanced copy to review and this is the kind of book you want to purchase in hard cover and keep accessible on your coffee table to flip through when inspiration strikes. I did order a hard copy as well. Several pages have a full page black and white photo of the person q From the author of 'How We Fight White Supremacy' comes a compilation book filled with inspiration and quotes from a diverse background of visionaries such as AOC, Henry Thoreau and Malcolm X among so many others. I received an advanced copy to review and this is the kind of book you want to purchase in hard cover and keep accessible on your coffee table to flip through when inspiration strikes. I did order a hard copy as well. Several pages have a full page black and white photo of the person quoted and the opposite page is in bold typeface on a bright colored page. I especially enjoyed Rankin's introduction to the book comparing white supremacy to a ladder..at the highest rungs, the air is clear and smog does not exist, and as such white educated men stand firm there and as you go lower on the rungs of the ladder so are the gender, race, class biases. I like this even for teens as a primer to learning about racism, as they can start to hear from the most influential and brightest minds of our times saying how to be anti-racist and what it looks like.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Parker (Paperback Parker)

    Thank you to Sasquatch Books/Spruce Books for providing me with an E-ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! For what it is, "Anti-Racism (Words of Change Series)" by Kenrya Rankin is wonderful. However, before starting it, I had a whole different idea of what this book might be. I did not realize that it was literally just a book full of quotes about anti-racism. I thought perhaps it would be different essays and such on the topic. Nope! But my misunderstanding was entirely my mi Thank you to Sasquatch Books/Spruce Books for providing me with an E-ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! For what it is, "Anti-Racism (Words of Change Series)" by Kenrya Rankin is wonderful. However, before starting it, I had a whole different idea of what this book might be. I did not realize that it was literally just a book full of quotes about anti-racism. I thought perhaps it would be different essays and such on the topic. Nope! But my misunderstanding was entirely my mistake, and I obviously don't blame the author or publisher for that. So considering what it actually was, it was fantastic. I thought all of the quotes the author chose were great additions, and I loved the graphic design of the book. I think if you're especially looking to introduce yourself to new ideas, but are specifically looking for a quick read, this would be perfect. It doesn't offer much beyond the introduction of ideas and concepts, and it would be the responsibility of the reader to further educate themselves on this topic through other books and media. But of course, I believe this is exactly the purpose of this book, so I don't consider that a fault of it whatsoever. One thing I specifically appreciated in this book was the inclusion of pronouns in the biography section for the sources. For example, one of the quotes was from Serena Williams. So in that section the author wrote "Serena Williams, (she/her)" or something along those lines, I don't see that often, and although the majority of the sources use binary pronouns, it was an awesome addition. There really isn't much to critique or talk about in regards to this book, so this review is pretty short and sweet - just like the book itself! It's a solid 4/5 stars for me. Definitely check it out if you're interested!

  4. 4 out of 5

    MH

    A colorful little book with a quote a page, each no longer than a few sentences and addressing elements of activism, racism, or intersectionality. The quotes are less in communication with one another than they are, often, in conflict - James Baldwin's warning of a reckoning sits uneasily with some of the more hopeful authors, proper white allyship continues to be hard to define, and Rankin's introduction comparing white supremacy to a ladder explicitly posits the subject as hierarchical rather A colorful little book with a quote a page, each no longer than a few sentences and addressing elements of activism, racism, or intersectionality. The quotes are less in communication with one another than they are, often, in conflict - James Baldwin's warning of a reckoning sits uneasily with some of the more hopeful authors, proper white allyship continues to be hard to define, and Rankin's introduction comparing white supremacy to a ladder explicitly posits the subject as hierarchical rather than intersectional (something none of the following quotes agree with). Most of the authors quoted are writers and activists, and there are many historical figures, but I'm really surprised about who is included and excluded in the book (Ellen Pompeo and the guy who plays Asher in How to Get Away With Murder are quoted, but Amiri Baraka and Ralph Ellison aren't; and the world of hip hop, which is full of quotable activism, is all but missing). Still, it's a good book for young people who might find new ideas to process and be provoked by (and who, hopefully, might be inspired to read more). I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    The things being said in this book are important, but I'm not 100% sure why the book exists. It's literally just a collection of quotes on colorful backgrounds, a few pictures here and there. It's not educational or informative, really- the ideas being presented are not shared in a persuasive manner. People who agree with the concepts in the book are not necessarily going to need a gift book (and let's be honest, that's what this is) about being anti-racist. The people who need to work on becomi The things being said in this book are important, but I'm not 100% sure why the book exists. It's literally just a collection of quotes on colorful backgrounds, a few pictures here and there. It's not educational or informative, really- the ideas being presented are not shared in a persuasive manner. People who agree with the concepts in the book are not necessarily going to need a gift book (and let's be honest, that's what this is) about being anti-racist. The people who need to work on becoming anti-racist are probably not going to look at this in the first place, but even if they did, it's not compelling enough to change minds. It honestly strikes me as something a woke white person would gift to another woke white person to help both the gift giver and gift receiver feel a little better about themselves.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    Thank you to Net Galley for allowing me access to this book by Kenrya Rankin. It consists of quotes in the voice of anti-racists and activists that challenge racism, inequality and white supremacy and encourages one to take a stand and recognise white privilege. It does not educate the reader but inspires them to in the words of Zack Linly "do their own part". This is a great start for anyone who is looking to read anti-racist and own voices non-ficton. "My struggle has made me fierce, and we all Thank you to Net Galley for allowing me access to this book by Kenrya Rankin. It consists of quotes in the voice of anti-racists and activists that challenge racism, inequality and white supremacy and encourages one to take a stand and recognise white privilege. It does not educate the reader but inspires them to in the words of Zack Linly "do their own part". This is a great start for anyone who is looking to read anti-racist and own voices non-ficton. "My struggle has made me fierce, and we all need to be a little fierce to get things done." Deb Halland

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amie

    Anti-Racism (Words of Change series) is an excellent compilation of powerful quotes from diverse people throughout history. Each quote is excellent for reflecting on your own privileges and biases and can be easily incorporated into classroom discussions (though there is explicit language in a few). I am giving it 4 stars because the formatting design of the book wasn’t as aesthetically pleasing as it could have been. Advanced e-book copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an Anti-Racism (Words of Change series) is an excellent compilation of powerful quotes from diverse people throughout history. Each quote is excellent for reflecting on your own privileges and biases and can be easily incorporated into classroom discussions (though there is explicit language in a few). I am giving it 4 stars because the formatting design of the book wasn’t as aesthetically pleasing as it could have been. Advanced e-book copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    A collection of quotes from various activists and personalities. Some of the people included may be questionable to certain people without a further dive into history or context. While the book’s title talks about anti-racism, there is a lot of intersectionality here and other activists for indigenous peoples. There’s a very brief bio of people quoted in the back to wet your whistle for further reading. A good intro to teens who maybe are just hearing about anti-racism for the first time, but it A collection of quotes from various activists and personalities. Some of the people included may be questionable to certain people without a further dive into history or context. While the book’s title talks about anti-racism, there is a lot of intersectionality here and other activists for indigenous peoples. There’s a very brief bio of people quoted in the back to wet your whistle for further reading. A good intro to teens who maybe are just hearing about anti-racism for the first time, but it’s lack of coherence May disappoint people looking for a more meaty book on the topic. Many thanks for my copy won through a Goodreads Giveaway!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    I love this little book of quotes because these are not the typical quotes that are published and re-published over and over again. This book includes quotes from a range of influential anti-racists who are prominent in our society today as well as figures from the past who will remain essential in our ongoing battle against systematic racism. This is definitely worth reading, re-reading, and sharing with everyone you know.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becka

    I really didn't want to chuck this on a pile of books that I haven't reviewed due to formatting so, despite being unable to read this ARC, I'm giving it a reading. I plan to getting a copy of this once it's released as I was so looking forward to reading it. I really didn't want to chuck this on a pile of books that I haven't reviewed due to formatting so, despite being unable to read this ARC, I'm giving it a reading. I plan to getting a copy of this once it's released as I was so looking forward to reading it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Theo

    I love this book! Its a book about quotes so it is easy to read and reference. I have it on my coffee table as a quick read! The writer did a fantastic job of capturing the many ways that people can fight racism every day.

  12. 4 out of 5

    NicoleLynn (PopCrunchBoom)

    I love quotes & quote books and this one was a must read, if not a must own. I love the way words can move and inspire and encourage people & I found inspiration in all of these quotes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lea

    *Please seek out own voices reviews* This is a wonderful collection of quotes around anti-racism. It’s colorful. There’s some photos of those quoted. It would definitely be on every bookshelf.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    This is a wonderful book to dive into and ponder on and really look at how you affect yourself and other people.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Trina

    A collection of very powerful quotes from across time and race, on antiracism. Take your time to really think about each quote.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennie Seaman

    Yes! Everything about this book. Yes! I wanted to pull one of the quotes out and it was so hard deciding because they were all so amazing. "If you're seeing your White counterparts engage in White privilege behind closed doors and engaging in racism, it's your job as a White person to use your White privilege to let them know why that's so fucked up." - Jonathan van Ness This collection of quotes was amazing. I want to have this book on my coffee table forever. I want to carry it around with me Yes! Everything about this book. Yes! I wanted to pull one of the quotes out and it was so hard deciding because they were all so amazing. "If you're seeing your White counterparts engage in White privilege behind closed doors and engaging in racism, it's your job as a White person to use your White privilege to let them know why that's so fucked up." - Jonathan van Ness This collection of quotes was amazing. I want to have this book on my coffee table forever. I want to carry it around with me everywhere to have access to it at all times. Everyone needs to read this book and then go do more learning. I have been on this journey towards anti-racism for a while and it is long and challenging. It's constantly learning and accepting that you don't know everything. I think that this book is a great place to start. It gives everyone a place to start getting used to the idea and to start learning. Then, reading the little biographies in the back, you can choose other authors to learn from and read. I loved this! *eARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

  17. 4 out of 5

    Phoebe

    To pick just one voice or one quote that I like in Kenrya Rankin’s Anti-Racism is impossible. Who would want to? Compilations of stories and ideas are some of my favorite types of books, as you can read by looking at my “Must Read” list. This book will now be on that list. This book is part of the “Words of Change” series and I firmly believe that words can change someone’s viewpoint or I would not be a reader or a writer. This is a book that should be read aloud in classrooms and discussed. Y’al To pick just one voice or one quote that I like in Kenrya Rankin’s Anti-Racism is impossible. Who would want to? Compilations of stories and ideas are some of my favorite types of books, as you can read by looking at my “Must Read” list. This book will now be on that list. This book is part of the “Words of Change” series and I firmly believe that words can change someone’s viewpoint or I would not be a reader or a writer. This is a book that should be read aloud in classrooms and discussed. Y’all know how I like to read these books, small doses at a time to really savor the idea and discuss it with someone else. These are the books that you bring to dinner parties to initiate conversation and ideas. Thank you to Kenrya Rankin for compiling this beautiful and important piece of work. This is a book that I will reference constantly. I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jill Reads

    Anti-Racism (Words of Change series) is a colorful, striking book that combines nearly everything I love: superb photography, pops of color, amazing typography and easy-to-digest content. It’s essentially an inspirational pocket guide on how to be a better human. In it, activist and author Kenrya Rankin brings together the voices from our present and past. And those include motivational quotes and advice from well-known authors, athletes, world leaders, activists, movie stars and journalists. Whi Anti-Racism (Words of Change series) is a colorful, striking book that combines nearly everything I love: superb photography, pops of color, amazing typography and easy-to-digest content. It’s essentially an inspirational pocket guide on how to be a better human. In it, activist and author Kenrya Rankin brings together the voices from our present and past. And those include motivational quotes and advice from well-known authors, athletes, world leaders, activists, movie stars and journalists. While I love it, it’s especially a great book for young people as it will inspire the next generation to become agents for change. Seriously, you need to buy this gem for your own coffee table. (Or your loo)! Many thanks to NetGalley and Sasquatch Books for sharing an electronic copy in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eva 🌻

    I really enjoyed this collection of quotes from influential people in the world who have spoken out about and against racism, especially in the United States. The book was shorter and easy to get through, it would be great to read a quote a day or base discussions around these quotes. Further, I really enjoyed the book visually, all the colours and including photos of the invidious speaking the quotes. Lastly, the author included mini biographies on each of the contributors, which I really appre I really enjoyed this collection of quotes from influential people in the world who have spoken out about and against racism, especially in the United States. The book was shorter and easy to get through, it would be great to read a quote a day or base discussions around these quotes. Further, I really enjoyed the book visually, all the colours and including photos of the invidious speaking the quotes. Lastly, the author included mini biographies on each of the contributors, which I really appreciated to provide context. Great resource! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the free preview in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mary Bronson

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for an ARC to give an honest review. I thought this was such a great mixture of quotes from people through out history and in the present day. These quotes touch on racism and how to be anti-racist and just overall very powerful. I like how this is geared toward young adult, but I do also think that everyone should read this.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    This is an inspiring book about ways to fight racism in our daily lives.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Wally

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Beatty

  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

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  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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  32. 4 out of 5

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  34. 5 out of 5

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    Charlotte Jones

  36. 4 out of 5

    Kennedy

  37. 5 out of 5

    Rhi Campbell

  38. 4 out of 5

    Mary Bronson

  39. 4 out of 5

    Kenrya Rankin

  40. 5 out of 5

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  42. 5 out of 5

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