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Expand understanding through reading

Updated: Jan 31

The year 2020 is only half over, but this year already has been remarkable. We all have had more time for introspection due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the pandemic disrupting our lives, various aspects of social inequality have come into focus.

As we look inward to understand where we fit into society, having other peoples’ expertise, perspectives and stories can be helpful.

JEFS Storytelling Arts has created a graphic to highlight reading resources for three prominent social topics: the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ).

Reading different perspectives is a great way to expand understanding of topics to help avoid stereotypes that perpetuate inequality.

Reading and Resource Links:


COVID Reference International by Kamps & Hoffman


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X Kendi

Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

And We Are Not Saved by Derrick Bell

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

So you Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde


Unbound by Arlene Stein

When We Rise by Cleve Jones

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

David Bowie Made Me Gay by Darryl W. Bullock

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders

Do you have a story you want elevated? Reach out to JEFS Storytelling Arts for help visualizing your story.

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