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Antiracism Reading & Viewing

Creating an antiracist society will require each and every one of us to work together. The public library is a trusted haven for all, where inclusion, diversity, democracy, and the public good are highly valued. Let’s work together.

 

One of our team reflected that it often takes terrible tragedy to shine the light on injustice, but that the light can fade so quickly before necessary change is effected. Here are a few ways your library is working to sustain that light:

 

  • Support and listen to our community and our neighbors in the world;
  • Recommend books and media to help people learn about systemic racism and all forms of injustice;
  • Provide access to a diverse collection so we can all read beyond our own experience; and
  • Provide an environment wherein people dialogue with each other and our young people about race and racism and foster respect for others.

We want to stand up for what’s right. We’re not perfect. We want to do better. This is a moment for all of us to commit, to learn, to support, to grow, to invest, to make change, and to really take a hard look at our assumptions, our practices, our biases, and ourselves. Together.

 

Learn with us. Grow with us. Let’s keep that light blazing.

 

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Whether you are struggling with how to start a conversation with the young people in your life about racism and the Black Lives Matter movement, or you’re learning for yourself, our librarians recommend the titles below. Due to high demand, availability will vary. If you have a book, movie or documentary you would like to see in our catalog, request it here.

 

 

Adults

Click on any of the book covers to check availability in our catalog. 

  • The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness
  • White rage : the unspoken truth of our racial divide
  • Motherhood so white : a memoir of race, gender, and parenting in America
  • Slavery by another name : the re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
  • Racism without racists : color-blind racism and the persistence of racial inequality in America
  • I'm Still Here : Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
  • Between the World and Me
  • Some of My Best Friends Are Black : The Strange Story of Integration in America
  • White Fragility : Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
  • Tears We Cannot Stop : A Sermon to White America
  • Biased : uncovering the hidden prejudice that shapes what we see, think, and do
  • Stony the Road : Reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow
  • Raising White Kids : Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America
  • How To Be An Antiracist
  • Stamped from the Beginning : The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
  • When They Call You a Terrorist : A Black Lives Matter Memoir
  • Heavy : an American memoir
  • They Can't Kill Us All : Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement
  • So You Want to Talk about Race
  • Citizen : an American lyric
  • The color of law : a forgotten history of how our government segregated America
  • Me and White Supremacy : Combat Racism, Change the world, and Become a Good Ancestor
  • Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? : Police Violence and Resistance in the United States
  • I can't breathe : a killing on Bay Street
  • The Fire This Time : A New Generation Speaks About Race
  • Stay Woke : A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us
  • Backlash : What Happens When We Talk Honestly About Racism in America
  • What doesn't kill you makes you blacker : a memoir in essays
  • The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness
  • White rage : the unspoken truth of our racial divide
  • Motherhood so white : a memoir of race, gender, and parenting in America
  • Slavery by another name : the re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
  • Racism without racists : color-blind racism and the persistence of racial inequality in America
  • I'm Still Here : Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
     

 

Teens

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  • We are not yet equal : understanding our racial divide
  • Tyler Johnson was here
  • Say Her Name
  • This book is anti-racist : 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work
  • March
  • How it went down
  • A good kind of trouble
  • All American boys
  • Long way down
  • Stamped : racism, antiracism, and you
  • Ghost boys
  • Just mercy : adapted for young adults : a true story of the fight for justice
  • Dear Martin
  • The hate u give
  • Brown Girl Dreaming
  • Black enough : stories of being young & black in America
  • We are not yet equal : understanding our racial divide
  • Tyler Johnson was here
  • Say Her Name
  • This book is anti-racist : 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work
  • March
     

 

Kids

Click on any of the book covers to check availability in our catalog. 

 

Documentaries and Films

Click on any of the DVD covers to check availability in our catalog.  Also check out streaming titles on Kanopy.

  • Whose streets?
  • Let the fire burn 
  • Do not resist
  • The Force
  • I am not your negro
  • The Talk: Race in America
  • When justice isn't just 
  • Freedom Summer /
  • The Hate U Give
  • 3 1/2 minutes, ten bullets
  • Did you ever wonder who fired the gun? /
  • Do the right thing /
  • Get out /
  • Hale County this morning, this evening /
  • Queen & Slim /
  • Whose streets?
  • Let the fire burn 
  • Do not resist
  • The Force
  • I am not your negro
  • The Talk: Race in America
     
 
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