Black Lives Matter: A Book List

Whether you watch the news or not, whether you spend a lot of time online or not, you’ve all heard about the way-too-many victims of police brutality and shootings and the protests that have followed.

I don’t claim to have the answers.  But, it is clear that there is a pattern of violence and systemic racism and we all have a part to play in its solution.  One of the simplest things  you can do right now is educate yourself.  I’ve put together a very short list of fiction and non-fiction books that pertain to race relations, racial profiling, and racism in the justice system.

I urge you to read a few (or all) of them and seek out others.  I also urge you to talk about your experiences with racism and to listen respectfully and honestly to those of others.  The world is sometimes horrible and scary, but I truly believe that it doesn’t have to be that way.  We can change it.

Non-Fiction
Black Lives Matter
By Sue Bradford Edwards
YA 363.232 EDW

No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row
By Susan Kuklin
YA 364.66 KUK

Racial Profiling and Discrimination : Your Legal Rights
By Corinne Grinapol
YA 363.23 GRI

Fiction
All-American Boys
By Jason Reynolds
YA F REYNOLDS

How It Went Down
By Kekla Magoon
YA F MAGOON

Monster
by Walter Dean Myers
YA F MYERS

X: A Novel
By Ilyasah Shabazz, Kekla Magoon
YA F SHABAZZ

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