How We Ended Racism: Realizing a New Possibility in One Generation (Paperback)

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How We Ended Racism: Realizing a New Possibility in One Generation (Paperback)


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“Daring . . . This visionary guide calls for a new form of advocacy that is both radically ambitious and practical.” ―

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“It’s the year 2050… and racism has ended.”

Could this really be our future? If so, what has to happen now to achieve such a radical change? In How We Ended Racism, Justin Michael Williams and Shelly Tygielski reveal a path for real and lasting global impact—not just talking about it, studying it, or making small steps, but actually ending racism in one generation.

Williams and Tygielski draw from a wide array of scientific studies, as well as their practical successes in teaching a multitude of diverse groups across perceived “divides,” to show us how to shift our perspective and enact lasting change in our families, workplaces, communities, and beyond. Here they provide solid answers to the questions future generations will ask about this pivotal time in history, by laying out the eight conditions that needed to arise in humanity to realize this possibility, covering:

• How was it possible? The research on large-scale social change that showed racism could end
• What were the first steps? Overcoming doubt, owning our emotions, and committing to truth
• What were the biggest challenges? Shadow work, big conversations, and forgiveness
• Which tools actually worked? The field-tested methods that allowed us to heal and connect
• Who ended racism? How we—each of us—helped our culture evolve to make racism a thing of the past

“You don’t fix racism,” say the authors. “You don’t fight it. You don’t make it better. You end it. We learned how to bridge any political or ideological divide—inviting liberals, conservatives, and everyone in between to cocreate a future worth fighting for.” Here is a guide that dares to envision a world beyond typical diversity, equity, and inclusion work while providing tools and action steps to create a liberated future—so that our descendants can look back at this era as the time when we decided to end racism for the good of all.

Justin Michael Williams brings people together across divides with a multigenerational message of hope, empowerment, and unity. He is an award-winning speaker, GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist, and author of Stay Woke: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us and How We Ended Racism: Realizing a New Possibility in One Generation (with Shelly Tygielski). For more, visit

Shelly Tygielski is a trauma-informed mindfulness teacher, speaker, and activist. She founded the CNN Heroes–featured global grassroots organization Pandemic of Love, is the cohost and executive producer of the television series All Hands on Deck, and is the author of Sit Down to Rise Up and How We Ended Racism (with Justin Michael Williams). For more, visit
Product Details ISBN: 9781683648864
ISBN-10: 1683648862
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: October 24th, 2023
Pages: 304
Language: English

“Daring . . .This visionary guide calls for a new form of advocacy that is both radically ambitious and practical.” —

“Exciting . . . potent . . . practical.” —Foreword Reviews

“This book can renew your faith in The Dream and truly continues the legacy of my father.” —Martin Luther King III

“Tygielski and Williams offer a way forward to end racism that turns the seemingly impossible into a real possibility.”—Sharon Salzberg, The New York Times bestselling author of Real Happiness and world-renowned mindfulness teacher

“This important work serves as a guide for the fulfillment of a timeless dream that our family has been relentlessly working toward: the end of racism.”—Arndrea Waters King, president of The Drum Major Institute

“Filled with deep insights and actionable strategies, this inspiring read by Justin Michael Williams and Shelly Tygielski presents the 8 Pillars of Possibility, paving the way for transformative conversations and empowering us to shape a brighter future for all people.”—Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global

How We Ended Racism transcends the rhetoric of division and hate, and gives us clear direction for how to create a better world for all. Yes, ending racism can happen in our lifetime. And this book is a guide to how.”—Marianne Williamson, author

“My initial internal reaction to seeing the title was the truest testament to the healing this book offers. I immediately got defensive and started listing off reasons why racism wouldn't end in my lifetime. Reading through the book shifted my perspective and opened my mind to new possibilities.”—Shelah Marie, author of Positive You and Unruly, founder of the Curvy, Curly, Conscious community

“Brilliant and visionary, Williams and Tygielski are midwives to the world we dream. They shift our focus from the forces we are fighting against to the future we are fighting for.”—Valarie Kaur, Civil Rights leader, founder of the Revolutionary Love Project, and bestselling author of See No Stranger

“I remember a time in America when many of us believed that we could possibly see an end to racism someday. While our present age has dashed most of those hopes, Shelly and Justin have, in this unforgettable text, resurrected the possibility and created a clear path forward that we simply must consider. This is the most important book of the year.”—Shaun King, founder of Grassroots Law Project

“A high-resolution blueprint for building the future world we need right now.”—Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR and author of Coming to Our Senses

“This is the book I’ve been waiting for! A roadmap for visionary activism, How We Ended Racism teaches a clear way to do this with compassion, empathy, and connection across the divides.”—Sianna Sherman, international yoga teacher

“envisions an exciting future built by people taking action in the present.”—Foreword Reviews