World Day for Social Justice is an annual observance held on February 20th, to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion, and unemployment. It’s a day to reflect on the ongoing struggle for social justice and to raise awareness about the importance of creating a more equitable and fair society for all.
One way to mark World Day for Social Justice is by reading books that explore issues of social justice and inequality. Here are a few books that are worth picking up:
- “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander. This book is a comprehensive examination of the US criminal justice system and how it disproportionately affects people of color, particularly black men. It’s a powerful and eye-opening read that will make you question the fairness of the system.
- “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson. A memoir that tells the story of Stevenson’s work as a lawyer and advocate for the poor, the wrongly convicted, and the condemned. It’s a powerful and heart-wrenching read that will make you question the justice system and its impact on marginalized communities.
- “Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches” by Audre Lorde. A collection of essays and speeches by the legendary black lesbian feminist poet, Audre Lorde. Lorde’s writing is an inspiration for social justice and an intersectional feminist perspective.
- “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein. This book is a detailed and well-researched examination of the ways in which government policies and practices, both federal and local, created and reinforced racial segregation in the United States.
- “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond. This book provides a detailed and eye-opening account of the ways in which poverty and eviction are intertwined, and how the lack of affordable housing is one of the most pressing social issues of our time.
These books are a way to learn more about the issues that impact marginalized communities and to gain a deeper understanding of the ongoing struggle for social justice. It’s also a way to take action and to become more informed and engaged citizens who can work towards creating a more just and equal society for all.