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“If you identify as a person of color, Every Day in the USA: 30 Black Moments might make you angry, want to shake your head, or even laugh out loud. If you’re white, it might make you wince or leave you bewildered. But then, what?…” We pick up the thread Brother Langston Hughes began in Black Misery and illustrate its relevancy—the microaggressions we still encounter every day as African Americans in the USA.

Words by: Anika Nailah
Illustrations by: C. Andrew Williams


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"Every Day in the USA: 30 Black Moments accomplishes what so many other efforts to raise racial awareness miss: immediately recognizable and thought provoking vignettes that make powerful points in a quick glance. Anika Nailiah applies her daily experiences as a black woman with her years of racial equity consulting work, offering astutely layered entry points to understanding the daily indignities people of color endure in America, so often at the hands of well-intended but oblivious white people. C. Andrew William's illustrations are perfectly executed to bring the points home. Readers are quickly engaged on multiple levels, and each page has the potential to prompt hours of much needed discussion. This is an indispensable tool for workshops, book groups, and coffee tables."

Robin DiAngelo, PhDAuthor of the NYT Best-Selling Book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism.

"No matter who you are, this book will reshape how you see race in your daily life: it will move your heart in permanent ways and inspire you into action."

Priya Vulchi & Winona GuoAuthors of Tell Me Who You Are

"With spare prose and captivating illustrations, Every Day in the USA: 30 Black Moments invites readers to pause and take stock of the enduring expressions of everyday racism. Each vignette affords an opportunity to individually examine and collectively discuss the impacts of microaggressions, the structures and institutions that support racism, and the practices of social justice. I am confident this book will become a vital resource in my teaching."

Serin Houston, PhD

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Whether you’ve seen Anika perform or not, this book is for you if you want to do more than just think about eradicating racism in America. It’s an empowering poetry collection, an anti-racism workbook, and a social justice resource. She is taking the country by a storm of the heart.

If you have already taken part in the Tour Experience, you can:1) read the poems from the show, and 2) process all of the thoughts and emotions that came up for you during and after.

As an added bonus, the book also has space to create your own liberation poetry or other liberation creations.

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