An anti-racist community resource guide

Written by Corrie Schuster, Library Services Assistant, Mariemont Branch and designed by Simon Shakespeare, Graphic Designer, Downtown Main Library

The Library's Black Events and Exhibits Committee has compiled multiple resources for community members who are interested in learning more about their Black and Brown neighbors. The first step in becoming an anti-racist is learning about the lived experiences of those that are different from yourself. These resources are also great for Black and Brown people who want to learn more about their communities. Check out one of our books, listen in on a podcast, or visit one of the websites we’ve listed!

Anti-Racism: How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi / Hope & Hard Pills, opens a new window (Podcast) / So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo Black Excellence & Joy:  Black Men Smile, opens a new window (Website, Art)Hey Ciara, opens a new window (Travel Instagrammer) / Spiderman into the Spiderverse (Comic Series + Movie)  / Black Panther (Comic series + Movie)Hair Love, opens a new window (Animated Short) / Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Black Boy by Tony Medina.

Feminism: Women, Race, Class by Angela Y. Davis / Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That A Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall / Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock / The Urgency of Intersectionality, opens a new window (Video)We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Systemic Racism:  Mass Incarceration: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander / The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and the American Family by Sylvia A Harvey / Police Violence: Fruitvale Station (Movie) / Medical Racism: Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington / Education: Pushout (Documentary) / Housing + City Planning: The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein Bias:  Biased by Jennifer Eberhardt / Harvard Project Implicit, opens a new window (Website) / "The Look" , opens a new window (Video). 

Allyship: 5 Tips for Being an Ally, opens a new window (Video) /  Me & White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad / Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, opens a new window (Videos)

Black History:  Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi / A Black Women’s History of the United States by Diana Ramey Berry and Kali N. Gross / 1619 Project, opens a new window (Article Series/Podcast) / MARCH series by John Lewis / I Am Not Your Negro (Documentary)

The Black Experience:Code Switch, opens a new window (Podcast) / Heavy by Kiese Laymon / Between the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates / This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins / Invisible Man by Ralph EllisonAmericanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie / The Mothers by Brit Bennett / What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker by Damon Young For Kids and Teens:  Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi / Something Happened in Our Town by Ann Hazzard, Marianne Celano, and Marietta Collins / This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell / Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds / The Promise of Change by JoAnn Allen Boyce / Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o Take Action:  The Color of Change, opens a new window (Website) / Equal Justice Initiative, opens a new window (Website) /, opens a new window (Website) / How We Fight White Supremacy edited by Akiba Solomon.

The Black Events and Exhibits Committee (BEEC) formed in August of 2019 with the goal of generating ideas for, coordinating, and promoting events and exhibits across the Library that celebrate Black culture and societal contributions through various partnerships with individuals and organizations in the community. BEEC is committed to creating deeply meaningful opportunities for lifelong learning well beyond Black History Month.