Welcome to The Social Justice Handbook Course

This online resource offers a curated collection of political essays, scholarly articles, and imaginative work to better understand the enduring struggle for civil rights and racial justice in the United States. In partnership with The Black Scholar (TBS), this course is pleased to present all three installments of the Social Justice Handbook Series along with other archival material from the mid twentieth-century to the present moment. The handbook includes lesser known writings by prominent thinkers such as Maya Angelou, Hortense Spillers, Carl Dix, Assata Shakur, and others. We hope you find this resource instructive and transformative.

“Histories of analysis and activism, of effort, change and failure to change remain instructive in various ways to our times. As we gather virtually, in the streets, accrue votes together in the polls, and gather in spirit, we insist on and pursue just change towards equality of safety, survival, and opportunity.”

Stephanie Batiste

News: UCSB Scholar, Graduate Students Create Social Justice Handbook Series (2020)

“The UC Santa Barbara Scholar says that while the social upheaval of last years has felt new, it’s part of a terrible pattern we’ve seen for generations.”

KCLU, NPR for the California Coast