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Racial Equity Collection

09/02/2021 | What We're Reading

Are you interested in learning about antiracism, racial equity, and social justice? The following resources can help you learn about the construct of race, the experiences of people impacted by systemic racism, and the concept of racial equity.

Books can help us with our own self-reflection and can also give us an effective way to begin having crucial conversations with our families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Readers of all ages can take part in a community movement to read, learn, think, talk about, and lead social transformation.

The Racial Equity Collection makes it easier than ever for Library patrons to access antiracism and social justice resources.The Library purchased thousands of new materials including books, e-books, audiobooks, DVDs, and Blu-rays. The materials span a wide range of genres, with titles suited for children, teens, and adults. The opportunity to grow this collection to meet reader demand was made possible by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. Learn more

The Racial Equity Collection

Book Club in a Bag Photo

You can DIY your own equity and social justice book discussion by checking out an IndyPL Book Club in a Bag Kit. Kits are available for more than 40 of the titles in the Racial Equity Collection. Each kit contains 10 copies of the same title with a 6-week checkout period, reading guides, and discussion questions. Families, friends, work groups, book clubs, and more can easily read and talk about the same book together. See the full list of Antiracist Book Discussion Kits.

More Ways to Read, Learn & Share

1. Make a selection from one of the racial justice booklists for adults, teens, and kids, prepared by IndyPL staff.

2. Check out an e-book or audiobook from OverDrive's Antiracism Collection. If you have never used OverDrive before use our app directions, browser directions, or video tutorial.

3. Use your Library card to instantly check out no wait streaming documentaries and videos focused on social and systemic injustice and racism in America on Kanopy, one of the Library's streaming platforms. Titles include I Am Not Your Negro, P.S. I Can't Breathe, White Like Me - Race, Racism, and White Privilege in America, Race: The Power of an Illusion, and more. If you have never used Kanopy before, here are directions and a video tutorial.

Kanopy Streaming Movie Covers

4. Stream a movie from the category Celebrating Black Stories from Hoopla, another one of the Library's streaming platforms. Titles in this category include Maya Angelou And Still I Rise and Just Mercy. If you have never used Hoopla before, here are directions and a video tutorial.

5. See Ways to Begin Talking to Kids About Race for 6 practical steps that can be taken to help parents, teachers, or any other caregivers begin having conversations with small children about race to help build a community of racial inclusion and belonging.

Racial Equity Book Covers

6. Explore the TEDTalks playlist Talks to help you understand racism in America to "take an honest look at everyday realities of Black Americans and illuminate the way forward."

7. Make a selection from NPR's Code Switch list of books, films and podcasts about systemic racism.

8. Explore the National Museum of African American History & Culture's Talking About Race Portal. The modules include embedded videos, diagrams, and question prompts to help illustrate and support the processing of complex ideas and also inspire conversation.

9. Visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library, a space dedicated to exploring the black experience.

10. Use your IndyPL Library card to explore Black Freedom Struggle in the United States: Challenges and Triumphs in the Pursuit of Equality, an online learning module that includes primary sources about people and events in African American History to support learning more about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. and the fight against it.

11. Use your IndyPL Library card to watch Black Studies in Video - documentaries, interviews and archival footage exploring the history of African Americans through politics, art and culture, sociology, and history in this video encyclopedia.

12. Use your IndyPL Library card to explore Black Thought & Culture to find works of leading African Americans in this collection of articles, interviews, speeches, essays, pamphlets, letters, and full run of The Black Panther newspaper.

Center for Black Literature & Culture

After looking through the resources here, if you need more help, call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email ask-a-librarian. We are here to help you find what you need and make the most of Library resources.