Since I started studying the topic of generational poverty, and the implication on kids that are born into poverty, there have been several books that have really helped me explore on a deeper level. This isn’t an endorsement of every part of every book, but I have found something helpful about each book.

For a good starting point, check out “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Trouble I’ve Seen” by Drew Hart, and “A Framework for Understanding Poverty” by Ruby Payne.

**For Charlotte folks, there’s some great ones here that will help you gain a greater understanding of the history of our city. When we understand our past, we can address the present and future with grace.


Carter, J. Kameron. Race: A Theological Account. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015.

Emdin, Christopher. For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood– and the Rest of Y’all  Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2016.

Hart, Drew G. I. Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism. Harrisonburg: Herald Press, 2016.

Keller, Timothy J. Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just. New York, NY: Dutton, Penguin Group USA, 2010.

Kotlowitz, Alex. There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing up in the Other America. New York: Doubleday, 1991.

Kozol, Jonathan. Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools. New York: Crown             Pub., 1991.

Lischer, Richard. The Preacher King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Word That  Moved             America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Lunsford, Brandon. Charlotte Then & Now. San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay Press, 2008.

Mickelson, Roslyn Arlin, Stephen Samuel Smith, and Amy Hawn Nelson. Yesterday,      Today, and Tomorrow: School Desegregation and Resegregation in Charlotte. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press,   2015.

Oosthuizen, Leon, and Xola Skosana. Roads2Bridges: Uninterrupted Conversations:  Stories of Friendship and Partnering across the Racial Divide. Paarl, South     Africa: Emmaus Media, 2013.

Payne, Ruby K. A Framework for Understanding Poverty. Highlands, TX: Aha! Process,             2005.

Putnam, Robert D. Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015.

Sider, Ronald J. Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to  Generosity. Nashville: W Pub. Group, 1997.

Smiley, Tavis, and Cornel West. The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. New York: SmileyBooks, 2012.

Tatum, Beverly Daniel. “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: And Other Conversations about Race. New York: Basic Books,  2003.

West, Cornel. Race Matters. Boston: Beacon Press, 1993.

Carter, J. Kameron. Race: A Theological Account. Oxford: Oxford University Press,  2008.