In the wake of recent protests against racism and police brutality across the country, many are asking what they can do to combat bigotry and discrimination. One simple answer continues to rise above the rest: read.

Those of us in the English language arts space know the profound impact of literature. Reading has the power to irrevocably transform people’s understanding of the world around them. It also gives them opportunities to see things from someone else’s view.

To help your students broaden their perspectives on race in America, consider introducing them to the titles in this list. From fiction and graphic novels to memoirs and historical accounts, these 15 books can help your students understand how racism works and what they can do to fight against it.

What books would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below.