10 Books That Will Give You the Courage to Fight for What You Believe In


Books are a fantastic way to learn more about the world. They can shape the way you think, act, and what you believe. With rallies breaking out in every corner of America, it's safe to say that almost everyone is taking an active role in politics. Here are a few books, both fiction and nonfiction, that can help you on your journey to becoming a better, more informed citizen.

1. We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Her rousing book, adapted from her Ted Talk of the same name, Adichie provides a twenty-first century take on feminism. It is a must read for anyone who calls themselves an advocate of women’s rights.

2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: This book has gotten a lot of hype over the past few years, and deservedly so. It is an elegant portrayal of how racist stereotypes affect a rising generation of youth. 

3. Citizen by Claudia Rankin: Rankin's book about recounting the rising levels of racial aggression in America, is one of those books you will want to tell *everyone* about. It is concise, smart, and informative- the perfect combination.

4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett: Stockett expertly navigates through the perspectives of two maids and one white woman trying to write a book about racism in the sixties. This is a book you will never want to put down- one that you will read and reread and never get tired of.

5. Animal Farm by George Orwell: Though this book is based off of the overthrow of the Russian empire and its passage into the Stalinist era, the message of the book will resonate with you even now. It perfectly desribes a well known path that every politician has walked down- one that every citizen has witnessed.

6. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely: Similar to the help, All American Boys also explores race relations through shifting perspectives. However, the fact that is takes place in the twenty-first century makes it more personal. It is eye-opening and will certainly help you fight back against police brutality, white supremacy, and, of course, racism.

7. Into White by Randi Pink: Fair warning - this book will make you cry. It explores that struggles that come with being a black woman in America. The unrealistic beauty standards and stereotypes are just a few of the many subjects touched on in this book.

8. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai: Any list about books for activists would be incomplete without this one. The raw courage, bravery, and power that Yousafzai exhibits will make you want to get out of your chair and pump your fists for feminism. It is a touching portrayal of hope and belief, of how one girl stood up for what is right.

9. Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis: Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis: From the first word of her title to the last word of her epilogue, Angela Davis expertly describes the struggle to fight against the powers that be.

10. Glimmer of Hope, by the founders of March For Our Lives: An eye-opening book about what we need to do to finally change gun laws to make our schools, grocery stores, and neighborhoods safer.