A Graphic Novel That Answers a Child’s Question About Being Biracial

Ed Park, The New York Times, 05/02/2019

For a person of color in America, the term person of color can be both useful and divisive, at once a form of solidarity and a badge of alienation. There’s a flattening effect, too: A multitude of ethnicities and cultures, with their own color-coded nuances, get crammed into the initials P.O.C. Among its many virtues, Mira Jacob’s graphic memoir, GOOD TALK (One World, $30), helps us think through this term with grace and disarming wit.

EyeSeeMe bookstore teaches children the value of African-American history

Tanisha Sykes, USA Today, 04/10/2019

"We have to feed our children positive images and tell the stories of our past because the nation would not be what it is today without those ancestors."

9 writers who perfectly capture what it’s like for Jews of color

Nylah Burton, JTA, 03/27/2019

As a black Jewish writer, I obviously want to read books written by and highlighting the stories of Jews of color. That’s easier said than done, though. It’s not that these stories don’t exist — Jewish literature is an amazing, rich genre of diasporic Jewish stories.

The Evolving Role of Race in Children’s Lit, From ‘Harry Potter’ to ‘The Hate U Give’

Emily Tate, EdSurge, 03/05/2019

By age 22, I had not read a popular fantasy with a character that looked like me. There wasn't the sea of materials that there were for my white friends.

The 2,200-year history of India’s Bene Israel Jews began with seven ship-wrecked couples

Jael Silliman, Scroll.in, 09/22/2017

While there are now several books on the Bene Israeli and Baghdadi Jewish heritage of Mumbai that are more extensive in terms of research and even visual documentation, Robbins and Sohoni’s Jewish Heritage of the Deccan: Mumbai, The Northern Konkan and Pune combines luminous photography and brief commentary.

The Year in Reading

Staff, New York Times, 12/19/2016

Two excellent books accompanied me through the darkness of these last months. The first was Wesley Lowery's "They Can't Kill Us All," a devastating front-line account of the police killings and the young activism that sparked one of the most significant racial justice movements since the 1960s: Black Lives Matter.

Book Review: In Every Tongue: The Racial & Ethnic Diversity of the Jewish People.

Ephraim Tabory, American Jewish History Journal, Volume 93, 03/01/2007

The authors’ main focus is on what they call "diverse Jews," and their primary study relates to the United States. They estimate that "at least 20 percent of the Jewish population in the United States is racially and ethnically diverse, including African, African American, Latino (Hispanic), Asian, Native American, Sephardic, Mizrachi, and mixed-race Jews by heritage, adoption, and marriage" (21).

Book Review: Troubling the Waters: Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century

Jane Gordon, Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought and the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies., 08/24/2006

Cheryl Lynn Greenberg, in Troubling the Waters: Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century, reopens the question of whether there was a “golden age” of cooperation between Black and Jewish groups from the 1940s-1960s. And more interestingly, she asks whether the subsequent decline and disrepair of that partnership is permanent.