The Impact Collective is constantly learning, growing, and adapting. As a result these resources are subject to change and evolve over time. We hope you find them useful in your efforts to close the racial wealth gap.

Key Texts

Impact Collective programming offers an overview of the history of how the American economic system has created the racial wealth gap and of how the current economic system operates. We strongly encourage participants of all of our programs to read or listen to the following essential Key Texts in their entirety in order to better understand the full picture of how racism operates in the social and economic systems in America. 

The Color of Wealth 
by Meizhu Lui, Barbara Robles, Betsy Leondar-Wright, Rose Brewer and Rebecca Adamson
The Will to Change:
Men, Masculinity, and Love by Bell Hooks
Activate Your Money: 
Invest to Grow Your Wealth and Build a Better World
by Janine Firpo

Recommended for those who are beginning their racial and economic justice education or otherwise want to go deeper in their learning: 

The Sum of Us:
What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together 
by Heather McGhee
Waking up White:
And Finding Myself in the Story of Race
Debby Irving
A Letter to My White
Friends and Colleagues
by Steven Rogers
White Fragility: 
Why It's So Hard for
White People to Talk About Racism
by Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Systemic Racism 101
by Aminah Pilgrim
My Grandmother's Hands:
Racialized Trauma And The Pathway To Mending Our Hearts And Bodies
by Resmaa Menakem
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: 
Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships
by Marshall B. Rosenberg
Bonus book! In summer 2023, our partner, Garrett Neiman, published his most recent book that we highly recommend!
Rich White Men:
What it Takes to Uproot
the Old Boys’ Club and
Transform America
by Garrett Neiman

Support Black-Owned Businesses

Please consider supporting Frugal Bookstore, a community bookstore located in Roxbury and the only Black-owned bookstore in Boston. They can order any items that are not currently in stock.