We join the @AmericanLibraryAssociation and public libraries across the country to stand against racism.
We lament the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others. Here are some resources and reading lists that can help us all listen and learn about ways we can promote racial equity.
American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Their mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees. Follow the ACLU on Facebook and Instagram.
Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. Follow Black Lives Matter on Facebook and Instagram.
Color Of Change helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, they move decision makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people, and all people. Until justice is real. Follow Color of Change on Facebook and Instagram.
The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. Follow EJI on Facebook and Instagram.
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. Follow the NAACP on Facebook and Instagram.
Racial Equity Tools (RET) is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large. Follow RET on Facebook.
The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
Follow the SPLC on Facebook and Instagram.
The King Center is a local and global resource dedicated to educating the world on the life, legacy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, inspiring new generations to carry forward his unfinished work.
Follow The King Center on Facebook and Instagram.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals.
Follow The Leadership Conference on Facebook and Instagram.
For more information about civil rights organizations, check out this list from UCLA’s Civil Rights Project.
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunar-Ortiz
America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis on Hoopla and Overdrive
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji
Good Talk by Mira Jacob
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
How does it Feel to be a Problem? by Moustafa Bayoumi
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Uluo
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
The Fire This Time by Jessmyn Ward
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? by Mumia Abu-Jamal
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Beverly Daniel-Tatum
Additional Book Lists and Other Resources
Anti-Racist Reading List from Ibram X. Kendi
Books that Bring the Civil Rights Movement to Life by NPR
10 Books about Race from Bustle
28 Books that Talk about Race by Read It Forward