Maybe the truth should hurt, but it’s difficult to find one’s bearings after getting slammed with the overwhelming reality of white racism—which makes Mark R. Warren’s new book Fire in the Heart: How White Activists Embrace Racial Justice (Oxford University, September) a heartening read.” Read the full review by Micah Uetricht in In These Times.

Fire in the Heart is a one-of-a-kind look at the motivations, tribulations, and contributions of white allies in the racial justice struggle. It brings to life the human dimension of social activism, and the voices of the activists included herein by Mark Warren are a true inspiration!” – Tim Wise, author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

In his timely, well-researched, and profoundly creative book, Mark Warren enables us to appreciate the power of moral understanding as a major source of the motivation to act, especially in ways that challenge the status quo. By focusing on racial ‘border crossers,’ people engaged in what seems to be inherently paradoxical action, he takes us well beyond the arid models of human motivation all too common in social science. By reconnecting ‘head, hands, and heart’ he helps us understand the courage to make change. And by combining the richness of narrative with systematic analysis, he makes a genuinely unique contribution to our understanding of why we do what we do. Warren’s book, like his first one, is of unusual value to scholars, practitioners, and the interested public.” – Marshall Ganz, author of Why David Sometimes Wins

Based on rich and detailed data from interviews with 50 progressive white activists across the country, Mark Warren paints a vivid portrait of how some whites develop an awareness of racial injustice and a commitment to combat it. In the process, he persuasively demonstrates what is necessary for whites to find common ground with people of color. Anyone who cares about the future of race relations in America should read this book.” – William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University

We need all Americans working together to ensure all people–regardless of race–have access to economic and social opportunity. Mark Warren’s insightful book reminds us that a deep and lasting national commitment to justice is hard, necessary work. The color line must stop serving as a barrier to national progress.”  – Angela Glover Blackwell, co-author of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future

In a society where racial inequality and injustice have been passively accepted as part of the American social fabric, it is critical to understand what it will take for a greater number of individuals to become committed to its eradication. This book provides that insight and it does so with clarity and passion. Advancing the cause of racial justice in education and beyond requires just this kind of activist scholarship.” – Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University