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What is Read Woke?

“Read Woke is a movement. It is a feeling. It is a style. It is a form of education. It is a call to action; it is our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge in order to better protect your rights. Knowledge is power and no one can take it away. It means learning about others so that you can treat people with the respect and dignity that they deserve no matter their religion, race, creed, or color.

I concluded that a Woke Book must:

  • Challenge a social norm
  • Give voice to the voiceless
  • Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised
  • Seek to challenge the status quo
  • Have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group”

– Cicely Lewis, Creator of Read Woke

Find out more about Read Woke and how it started.

Recommended Reading

To help you educate yourself about others through deliberate, thoughtful reading, the Library has compiled Read Woke Recommended Reading lists in 10 different categories:

Use these lists to find diverse books that expand your horizons by challenging you to think about other people, other places, or situations new to you. Happy Reading!


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Other Recommendations

Try one of these sources to find your next great read!