World Day of Social Justice

By Colleen Rowe | February 19 2021 | Social Studies

The United Nations recognizes February 20th as World Day of Social Justice. This year’s theme is a Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy. Read more about the importance of social justice for peace and security in today’s world.

We’ve provided a few books centered on social justice issues including disability justice, antiracism and race relations, and issues within the prison-industrial complex.


How to Be an Antiracist

“Ibram Kendi is today’s visionary in the enduring struggle for racial justice. In this personal and revelatory new work, he yet again holds up a transformative lens, challenging both mainstream and antiracist orthodoxy. He illuminates the foundations of racism in revolutionary new ways, and I am consistently challenged and inspired by his analysis. How to Be an Antiracist offers us a necessary and critical way forward.” —Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility


Be Antiracist 

Be Antiracist helps with reflection on topics such as body, power, class, gender, and policy. Kendi’s approach will challenge students to make change in themselves and their community, and contribute to an antiracist future.


Disability Visibility

“If we’re going to talk about diversity in earnest then we must acknowledge the contributors in Alice Wong’s anthology and how their essays encapsulate intersectional dialogue, intellectual thought, and intimate details. Disability Visibility is the perfect name for this collection because the authors words resound loudly and deserve to be heard. Books like this showcase why change is needed, what needs to be part of the larger political consciousness, and who is often left out of the conversation. This book is a celebration and a source of deep education for many to bear witness (and feel seen by) the vastness of disabled stories, voices, and backgrounds.” Jennifer Baker, editor of Everyday People: The Color of Life—A Short Story Anthology


Tell Me Who You Are

“Brave. Bold. Insightful. This book not only offers insight into how we think and do race, it is a testament to what this generation can do to fundamentally transform our world. The reader can’t help but feel the energy, passion and commitment of these two brilliant young women.” —Eddie S. Glaude Jr., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, Chair, African American Studies, Princeton University


A Knock At Midnight

“With a penetrating honesty, Brittany K. Barnett masterfully unlocks the mysterious doors of the prison system, revealing a long tradition of racial injustice and inequality. In the spirit of great films like Ava DuVernay’s 13th, A Knock at Midnight is both an educational tool and a call to action that will leave readers enlightened and inspired for years to come.”—Shaka Senghor, author of Writing My Wrongs

Just Mercy

“Bryan Stevenson is one of my personal heroes, perhaps the most inspiring and influential crusader for justice alive today, and Just Mercy is extraordinary. The stories told within these pages hold the potential to transform what we think we mean when we talk about justice.” —Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

The Last Girl

“A harrowing memoir. . . . Intricate in historical context. . . . The Last Girl leaves readers with urgent, incendiary questions.” —The New York Times Book Review

Disability Visibility
First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century
One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent—but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people.
$17.00 US
Jun 30, 2020
336 Pages

How to Be an Antiracist
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$27.00 US
Aug 13, 2019
320 Pages
One World

Be Antiracist
A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action
Reflect on your understanding of race and discover ways to work toward an antiracist future with this guided journal from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning.
$15.99 US
Oct 06, 2020
192 Pages
One World

Tell Me Who You Are
A Road Map for Cultivating Racial Literacy
This groundbreaking book invites readers to imagine a future in which-- rather than divide us -- our differences bring us together in the pursuit of justice and equality
$20.00 US
Feb 02, 2021
400 Pages

A Knock at Midnight
A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom
An urgent call to free those buried alive by America's legal system, and an inspiring true story about unwavering belief in humanity--from a gifted young lawyer whose journey marks the emergence of a powerful new voice in the movement to transform the system.
$28.00 US
Sep 08, 2020
336 Pages

Just Mercy
A Story of Justice and Redemption
New York Times Bestseller | Named one of the Best Books of the Year byThe New York Times • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • The Seattle Times • Esquire • Time
$18.00 US
Aug 18, 2015
368 Pages
One World