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Jackson Solidarity

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The Jackson District Library stands in solidarity with our African American community members whose presence and contributions enrich the Jackson community. We grieve the killing of George Floyd and others and condemn these brutal injustices.  We stand for racial equity and social justice for all. We hurt with our community.

We recognize that white people, privileged simply by the color of their skin, have an important role to play in creating a just and equitable society for everyone. Some are already active in this fight for racial justice. Others have just begun. Some have not yet started. We must all fight against racism.

The Jackson District Library mission is to provide open access to information that will inform, educate and highlight hard issues such as racial disparities, racism and injustices. Hate has no place here.

We offer this list: Anti Racism Resources for All

It recommends books and videos on anti-racism, equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice. We hope these resources will help community members educate themselves further, and inspire us all to take actions for the greater good.

Not My Idea, written and illustrated by Anastasia Higginbotham

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, edited by Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson

Rise Up! The Art of Protest, by Jo Rippon

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson and Tanya Bolden

Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists, by Mikki Kendall, illustrated by A. D’Amico

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

The Marchseries, by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and illustrated by Nate Powell

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Dr. Ibram X Kendi

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Slavery By Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Author: Andy Lane

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