The library collection includes many titles on anti-racism. We have compiled reading lists to share on this timely and important topic. This week, we’re featuring adult non-fiction. We’ll be featuring more of these lists in the coming weeks, including fiction titles for adults and books for youth. Please click on the title to reserve a copy of the book in our catalog.
When they call you a terrorist: a Black Lives Matter memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping.
Long walk to freedom: the autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela
The leader of South Africa’s antiapartheid movement chronicles his life, including his tribal years, his time spent in prison, and his return to lead his people
Favorite African Folktales edited by Nelson Mandela
A collection of some of the oldest African tales, selected by Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, which presents such themes as cunning animals, magic spells, and people who change forms.
Kennedy and King: the president, the pastor, and the battle over civil rights by Steven Levingston
Jackie Robinson: an integrated life by J. Christopher Schutz
Reveals the real Jackie Robinson, as a more defiant, combative spirit than simply the “turn the other cheek” compliant “credit to his race.” Examining this key figure at the crossroads of baseball and civil rights histories, Schutz provides a cohesive exploration of the man and the times that made him great. –Publisher’s description
Legacy: Treasures of Black History edited by Thomas C. Battle and Donna M. Wells
The Black experience and its impact on our nation’s culture and character are illustrated in twelve chapters, from ancient Africa and the slave trade to such key eras as the Civil War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction; the Harlem Renaissance and the Jim Crow Era; and the modern Civil Rights and Black Power/Black Arts movements. The more than 150 historic items showcased here include documents, letters, images, and artifacts, many never before published. Readers will find 18th-century maps of Africa; the pincushion of Elizabeth Keckley, Mrs. Lincoln’s seamstress; Depression-era images by Robert M. McNeil; and a Langston Hughes letter in which he first shares his famous poem I, Too, Sing America. Rare photographs include a unique daguerreotype of Frederick Douglass in profile and the Fisk Jubilee Singers, circa 1880. Prominent Black scholars and activists offer expert insights on the collection, on subjects ranging from traditional African societies to 21st-century art and politics.
Amazons, abolitionists, and activists: a graphic history of women’s fight for their rights by Mikki Kendall (Graphic Novel)