Our librarians have put together this list of titles to help you navigate through topics of race and racism from different perspectives and for different reading levels. If you have a book, audiobook, or movie that you think should be on this list, please let us know.
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Non-Fiction Books for Adults
Alexander, Michelle, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness eBook (Libby) | eBook (Hoopla)
Coates, Ta-Nehisi, Between the World and Me ebook | eAudiobook
Eberhardt, Jennifer L., Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do eBook | eAudiobook
DiAngelo, Robin, White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism eBook | eAudiobook
Irving, Debby, Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race eAudiobook
Harvey, Jennifer, Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America eBook
Kendi, Ibram X, How to Be an Antiracist eBook | eAudiobook
Metzl, Jonathan, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland eAudiobook
Meyer, Matt, White Lives Matter Most: And Other “Little” White Lies eBook
Rowe, Sheila Wise, Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience eBook | eAudiobook
Saad, Layla F. Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor eBook
Fiction Books for Adults
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah eBook | eAudiobook
Gyasi, Yaa, Homegoing eBook | eAudiobook
Hurston, Zora Neale, Their Eyes Were Watching God eBook (Libby) | eBook (Hoopla) | eAudiobook
Morrison, Toni, The Bluest Eye eBook | eAudiobook
Other Online Resources
Equal Justice Initiative. The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S., challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
Project Implicit (Harvard). Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition; thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control.
TED Talks to Help you Understand Racism in America
"White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" by Peggy McIntosh, Ph. D., the former Associate Director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, is also the founder of the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity),
“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Kendi, Ibram X., Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University"
"The Long Shadow" is a documentary that follows two white Southern filmmakers as they travel the roads of oppression and suppression to reveal the connections of slavery and strong-arm Southern politics to the current racial strife in America. The film is a disturbing story about the lingering human cost of ignorance, intolerance, and inaction in the U.S., casting a long shadow over our national identity and imperfect democracy. You can watch it on Kanopy with your library card.
Anti-Defamation League’s Children’s Literature List picture, chapter and young adult books recommended by the Anti-Defamation League
Other Curated Lists on Fighting Racism and Social and Systemic Injustice
Streaming Video Collections
Social and Systematic Injustice on Kanopy
eBooks & eAudiobook Collections
Adult Readers: Conversations on Race
Non-Fiction eBooks & eAudiobooks on Hoopla Digital
Non-Fiction eBooks & eAudiobooks on Libby
Teen/YA Readers: Fighting Racism
eBooks and eAudiobooks on Libby