Resources on Black Experience

As we approach Black History Month in February, the Psychology Department at Seattle University is compiling a list of texts, articles, podcasts, trainings, and essays that offer a perspective of our Black-bodied colleagues from around the world. This is a perspective that is often unrecognized, lost, or forgotten in the discipline and history of psychology.  

  • May we bow in honor of those who bring voice to the field of psychology through the Black/African-American experience. 
  • May we continue to acknowledge White supremacy’s domination of this field and create space for Black/African-American authors. 
  • May we listen attentively to those who have had little access to the conversation through the decades.    

It's only a beginning…we must continue to live as lifelong learners who “read the text” of life experience, relationships, and the many written and verbal expressions of all who reside in this diverse and rich conversation. As we pause in this month to pay tribute and create space for the history of the Black experience, may we grieve the loss of inclusion through the centuries.  

Please join us in honoring the rich and diverse voices on this list and the thousands of others in other disciplines. 

Books in the SU Library

Alverez, Alvin N., Liang, Christopher T. H., and Neville, Helen A.
The Cost of Racism for People of Color: Contextualizing Experiences of Discrimination

Diangelo, Robin
White Fragility

Jones, Reginald Lanier
Black Psychology

Rankine, Claudia
Citizen: An American Lyric

Watkins, Mary & Shulman, Helene
Towards Psychologies of Liberation

Watts, Roderick J. and Jagers, Robert J.
Manhood development in urban African-American communities