Racial Justice Resources

Welcome! As a follow up to our training on Tuesday, here is a list of resources the library has available. It is a work in progress so we welcome your comments, questions, suggestions and recommendations.  Please ask a librarian for help locating these resources. 



  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon
  • Some of My Best Friends are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America by Tanner Colby
  • Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
  • Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips
  • March: Books One, Two and Three by John Lewis 

Politics and Commentary

  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
  • Borderlands: The New Mestiza = La Frontera by Gloria E. Anzaldúa
  • The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison
  • This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color ed. by Cherríe L. Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • We Too Sing America : South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape our Multiracial Future by Deepa Iyer
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Sister Outside by Audre Lorde
  • Race Matters by Cornell West
  • The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race ed. by Jesmyn Ward
  • Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie : Being Muslim in America by Ranya Idliby

Black Lives Matter Movement

  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrice Kahn-Cullors
  • They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery
  • I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street by Matt Taibbi
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle : Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis
  • Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton

Educational Resources

  • Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel
  • “Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?” and Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • Witnessing Whiteness: the Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It by Shelly Tochluk
  • The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys: Understanding, Connecting, Respecting ed. by Eddie Moore Jr.

 Fiction and Poetry

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Counting Descent by Clint Stone
  • All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  • The Day Tajon Got Shot by the Teen Writers of Beacon House
  • Daddy, There’s a Noise Outside by Kenneth Braswell



  • “Thirteenth: a Documentary” (available on Netflix)
  • “Whose Streets?”
  • “Prom Night in Mississippi”
  • “I Am Not Your Negro”
  • “Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People”
  • “Teaching The Levees: A Curriculum for Democratic Dialogue and Civic Engagement “


Online Resources