To provide context to the recent civil unrest, the Yonkers Public Library has complied a list of books about the Black Lives Matter movement. The books on this list give a historical perspective on how the movement developed and educate people on what it is trying to accomplish. They are also about racial relations in the U.S., which has been a struggle in this country for a long time. Hopefully after reading these books, you will better understand the perspectives of people in the Black Lives Matter movement.
The books below are available as eBooks.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michele Alexander
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist DIscovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard For White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson
Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
How We Fought For Our Lives by Saeed Jones
How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street by Matt Taibbi