Libraries across America have responded to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, police-killings of unarmed African Americans, and heightened racial tensions in the country by providing their communities with curated book and film lists designed to help their patrons gain a better understanding of the history and contemporary realities of race relations in America. As part of this effort to foster constructive engagement with these important issues, the OWHL will host a series of speakers and screen documentaries addressing the troubling realities of racism in the country. Stay tuned for more information
In concert with the speaker series and film showings, the Library has created a book display (located at the front of the library) and a list of thematically relevant online text and video resources. This blog post provides links for those materials. It also lists race/justice DVDs held by the OWHL.
While the book display does not remotely exhaust the OWHL’s holdings pertaining to history, race, and public policy in America, it presents the Phillips Academy community with key texts held by the OWHL in political economy, sociology, history, cultural studies, and urbanism that address issues ranging from educational segregation to the history of racist discourses in the United States to the contours and legacies of the 1960s-era civil rights movement. The display includes important, oft-cited contemporary titles, such as Ta-Nehisi Coates’s National Book Award-winning Between the World and Me and Michelle Alexander’s trenchant re-conceptualization of the aims and realities of mass incarceration, The New Jim Crow. It also contains historically important works like James Baldwin’s prescient The Fire Next Time and innovative presentations of historical events like Congressman John Lewis’s powerful graphic novel series, March, about the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Below is a list of all books on the display in the OWHL. (If you see a book on the list that you would like to read and find it checked-out of the OWHL, you can request it through NOBLE or ask an Instructional Services Librarian or Access Services staff member to help you request it.)
Housing Segregation | Redlining:
Education | Re-Segregation of Schools:
Policing | Criminal Justice:
This 35+ hour playlist provides viewers with essential presentations on a broad range of issues, including reparations (“Ta-Nehisi Coates on The Case for Reparations”), intersectionality (“Race, Gender, Inequality, and Intersectionality”), the use of statistics to advance racist criminal justice policies (“How Numbers Lie: Intersectional Violence and the Quantification of Race”), environmental racism (“Katrina After 10”), and many other topics.
While I hope the resources presented here provide a significant resource for the Phillips Academy community, I encourage those interested to investigate the work being done by other librarians and scholars to help advance understanding, self-reflection, engagement, and dialogue within their communities. Below are links for other libraries doing excellent work on race/justice issues. Suggestions for other resources and comments regarding these resources are very welcome (please email firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions and comments).
#BlackLivesMatter: A Longform Reading List [Autostraddle]