Introducing The African American Experience Book Lists

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Recent national events have ignited dialogue surrounding the role of race in establishing power and privilege for some and oppression for others. The fight for racial justice and equity requires both self-awareness about our own biases and a deeper understanding of the experiences of others. In the coming weeks, JMRL will be sharing curated lists of titles for children, teens, and adults that explore the diverse experiences of African Americans to encourage empathy, self-reflection, and action. As James Baldwin once said, reading “taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or whoever had been alive.” When members of the community begin to understand the history of racism in America, recognize their own implicit biases, and acquire the tools to put antiracism into practice, we can foster constructive dialogue surrounding race and become better neighbors.

JMRL is currently operating at Tier 4 of their COVID-19 Response with limited services and operations. JMRL branches (with the exception of Nelson Memorial Library due to ongoing construction) are providing contactless curbside pick-up only option for library holds from Tuesdays-Saturdays between 10am and 2pm. For more information, please visit this blog post from May 18

JMRL continues to update the COVID-19 Response & Available Online Resources page with the latest information, including resources related to racial justice and equity work. Below are other resources to jumpstart or complement your own journey:

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