Featured Online Collection: The Movement for Black Lives
The recent killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, among others, at the hands of police has set off mass demonstrations and protests across the United States, Canada, and around the world. These protests are highlighting the persistent issues of structural racism and police violence against Black people (including in Canada). The Movement for Black Lives has long been rooted in Black activism focused on Black liberation, including traditions of Black feminism, civil rights, Black power, Black nationalism, and other struggles for freedom. While the issue animating current protests is police violence against Black men, women, and non-binary and gender non-conforming people, the movement has long drawn attention to the intersection of such violence with other forms of anti-Black oppression.
The library has resources to help you learn more, and we are working to provide online access to more important works while our print collection is unavailable to users. View the online collection.
Some key books include:
- How to be an Antiracist
- Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-First Century
- Law Enforcement in the Age of Black Lives Matter: Policing Black and Brown Bodies
- From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
- Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance In The United States
Other library resources include:
- Black Lives Matter: The Disruptors (film)
- I Am Not Your Negro (film)
- Black Thought and Culture (database)
Relevant web resources:
- Movement for Black Lives Policy Platform
- Black Youth Project
- African American Intellectual History Society
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