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Race and Racism in the United States: Start Here


This guide is a collaboration by the librarians in Gorgas Library in response to the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and Black Lives Matter uprisings in the summer of 2020. Our goal is to bring together some of the many resources on race and racism that have been shared on social media, and to provide access to those resources for University of Alabama community members. We hope this resource guide will be one part of larger efforts by individuals and communities as we work toward racial justice.

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Fiction and Literature

Black fiction author Jasmine Guillory writes, "Black lives are not a problem to be solved or an academic text that can be studied. To recognize Black lives as ones to celebrate, empathize with and care about, here’s your antiracism work: read more fiction by and about Black people."


Reading lists have long been a tool of anti-racist activism. Learn below about the Black women who compiled the original reading lists, and ways to go beyond reading to action.

Anti-Racist Starter Kit

Anti-racist pedagogy researcher Victoria Alexander shared her recommended anti-racist reading on Twitter, grouped by topic and level. We share the books in her Anti-Racist Starter Kit below.

Visit her original tweet for more reading recommendations organized by topic (many are also linked elsewhere in this guide) and her Anti-Racist Resource Guide.

Beyond This Guide

Web Resources: