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Understand Black Movements & Systemic Racism Book List

Available through Project Gutenberg

The Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynching in the United States by Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Let me give you thanks for your faithful paper on the lynch abomination now generally practiced against colored people in the South. There has been no word equal to it in convincing power. I have spoken, but my word is feeble in comparison. You give us what you know and testify from actual knowledge. You have dealt with the facts with cool, painstaking fidelity, and left those naked and uncontradicted facts to speak for themselves… Brave woman!

Frederick Douglass, 1895

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

Herein lie buried many things which if read with patience may show the strange meaning of being black here at the dawning of the Twentieth Century. This meaning is not without interest to you, Gentle Reader; for the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line. I pray you, then, receive my little book in all charity, studying my words with me, forgiving mistake and foible for sake of the faith and passion that is in me, and seeking the grain of truth hidden there.

W.E.B. Du B. Atlanta, Ga., feb. 1, 1903


Available through the Library

When They Call You a Terrorist : a Black Lives Matter Memoir

by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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