Review: Anti-Racism Words of Change by Kenrya Rankin

Celebrate resistance and spark change! 

Anti-Racism (Words of Change series): Powerful Voices, Inspiring Ideas


Discover the powerful words of anti-racism activists in this vibrant, resonant collection of quotes that centers previously unheard voices while also paying tribute to those who came before. More than 100 incisive, thought-provoking passages will enlighten and inspire in this must-have collection for everyone who cares about promoting racial equity.

Kenrya Rankin celebrates resistance by centering and honoring anti-racist voices, past and present. This exciting collection showcases passages from the writings or speeches of thinkers and activists in the anti-racist community. These are words to enlighten, to prompt change, to provide encouragement, and to move readers to action. A brief biographical note for each person quoted gives context to their words. The bold and colorful design underlines the energy and movement toward real change.

  • Anti-racism is necessary to combat the destructive legacy of systemic racism
  • This book offers readers an introduction to anti-racism in an appealing, illustrated package
  • Beautifully designed and authentic, this book supports the movement and makes a good impulse buy or thoughtful gift purchase 
  • Author Kenrya Rankin is a sought-after speaker and writer on anti-racism
  • This uplifting and thought-provoking collection is a celebration of the movement toward racial justice and resistance to white supremacy

Voices include: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ibram X. Kendi, Elaine Welteroth, Serena Williams, W.Kamau Bell, Lizzo, Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza, Jason Reynolds, Audre Lorde, Bayard Rustin, Malcolm X, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Frederick Douglass, and many more!5

My thoughts

To pick just one voice or one quote that I like in Kenrya Rankin’s Anti-Racism is impossible. Who would want to? Compilations of stories and ideas are some of my favorite types of books, as you can read by looking at my “Must Read” list. This book will now be on that list.

This book is part of the “Words of Change” series and I firmly believe that words can change someone’s viewpoint or I would not be a reader or a writer. This is a book that should be read aloud in classrooms and discussed. Y’all know how I like to read these books, small doses at a time to really savor the idea and discuss it with someone else. These are the books that you bring to dinner parties to initiate conversation and ideas. 

Thank you to Kenrya Rankin for compiling this beautiful and important piece of work. This is a book that I will reference constantly. 

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Partial proceeds to benefit The Movement for Black Lives Fund.5

Meet the Author

Kenrya Rankin   

Kenrya Rankin a.k.a. Kenrya Rankin Naasel

Kenrya Rankin is an award-winning author, journalist, and editorial consultant whose insight has been tapped by leading outlets, including the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and ThinkProgress. She creates dynamic content that amplifies the lived experiences, advocacy, and work of people of color and shifts the narrative around who deserves liberation, justice, and dignity in America. A 20-year veteran in the editorial space, she is also Executive Producer and Co-host of The Turn On podcast and Principal at Perfectly Said Studio. As a journalist and editor, her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including Fast Company, Essence, Glamour and Reader’s Digest. She is the author of five books, including “How We Fight White Supremacy” and the forthcoming “Anti-Racism: Powerful Voices, Inspiring Ideas.” Kenrya earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from Howard University and her master’s degree in publishing from New York University. She is a proud native of Cleveland, Ohio, and currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her brilliant artist daughter. Find her online at and @Kenrya on all of the things. 4  

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Further Details:
Publisher: Spruce Books, 978-1632173409, 28 July 2020
Series: Words of Change
Pages: 162
Settings: The World
Sex: N/A


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