Marcus Campbell’s Best Reads of 2016

marcus-campbellMy name is Marcus Campbell.  I am the Assistant Superintendent and Principal at Evanston Township High School.  I have been at ETHS for 15 years and started my career there teaching English.  I love to read and enjoy the food scene.

1)  The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Dubois (1903)

I always read something each year from the list of canonical black texts.  I find these readings informative in that many of these texts written long ago are still applicable today.


2)  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)

I read this book because I am a black male raising two young black boys.  I have been following Ta-Nehisi since he published “The Case for Reparations” in The Atlantic.

best-intentions3)  Reasoning from Race by Serena Mayeri (2011)

This book was recommended to me by an ETHS School Board member.  I love reading about race from multiple perspectives.  This one is important because it focuses on feminism and the law.

4)  The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016)

I read this book because it was recommended to me by a friend.  I also saw Chris Matthews talk about it on MSNBC one evening.  I enjoyed it thoroughly.  Colson Whitehead will visit ETHS on February 27th.

5)  Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools by Amanda Lewis and John Diamond (2015)

I read this book because it speaks to why it is important to make sure students get a good education regardless of their racial background.  This book challenges us to work hard for all students.

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