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Collection spotlight

Our librarians have curated a selection of articles, essays, and book collections that will help all of us explore and discuss racism in America.

1857 - Elizabeth Jennings
The Schoolteacher on the Streetcar

More than 100 years before Rosa Parks, a 24 year old schoolteacher refused to exit a whites-only streetcar, leading to the integration of New York City's mass transit.

1963 - Martin Luther King Jr.
Letter From Birmingham Jail

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere....Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." - MLK

1965 - Malcolm X
The Legacy of Malcolm X

Ta-Nehisi Coates looks back on the Legacy of Malcolm X.

1966 - Stokely Carmichael
Stokely Carmichael: Architect of Black Power

"The feeling [black power]," he says, "was always there in the black community.... but people were afraid to speak to it."
 

2014 - Present
Why Black Lives Matter Still Matters

"BLM has forged a movement that is far more inclusive and democratic than [anyone] ever envisioned..."

 

We Stories kits include a selection of themed diverse
picture books and a discussion guide to help parents

talk to their kids about race and racism.

 

We Stories Kit : Stories of the Civil Rights Era
We Stories Kit : Stories of Schools
We Stories Kit : For the Love of Food
We Stories Kit : For the love of Fairy Tales
We Stories Kit : For the love of Grandparents