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. The books, videos, and other resources listed span a wide range of genres for children, teens, and adults. Readers of all ages can take part in a community movement to read, learn, think, talk about, and lead social transformation.
1. Browse a list of 100+ titles in our Racial Equity Collection and choose one to check out. The opportunity to grow this collection to meet reader demand was made possible by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. Learn more
3. Join the #WakeUpIndy community reading challenge to read books written by underrepresented authors and books that raise awareness about racial issues and social injustices.
5. Listen to the audiobook Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi. It is currently available for free on Spotify, a music and podcast platform/app that does not require a Library card. The book was winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. It's a good choice if you are waiting for a hold to come in!
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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."
9. Make a selection from NPR's Code Switch list of books, films and podcasts about systemic racism.
10. 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.
11. Check out an IndyPL Book Club in a Bag Kit and host a racial equity book club. Gather your family, friends, co-workers, or neighbors and we'll take care of gathering enough books for the group and also supply some suggested discussion questions to help get you started. All you have to do is reserve a Book Club Kit. Each kit contains 10 copies of the same title with suggested discussion questions. Learn more and FAQ.
Available Book Club Kit titles include:
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.