Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Aug. 4, 2020

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Check It Out: Books address anti-racist reform

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These are indeed troubling times. Not only are we dealing with a pandemic, the death of George Floyd has outraged the country and prompted people to demand anti-racist reform throughout our nation. I am a firm believer that knowledge is power, so one way to better understand what is happening is to read about racism, its history and its impact. A more informed citizenry is a step in the right direction as we face difficult issues, and the library is here to help. An anti-racist reading list has been posted to OverDrive, our vendor for eBook and eAudiobook access. I am providing a brief list here, but please check out the OverDrive link available through our website, www.fvrl.org, for a more comprehensive list.

• “Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America” by Jill Leovy (available in eBook and eAudiobook formats).

• “How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood” by Jim Grimsley (available in eBook format).

• “On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights” by Lawrence Goldstone (available in eBook format).

• “The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution” by Eric Foner (available in eBook format).

• “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo (available in eBook and eAudiobook formats).

• “A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King Jr., for Students” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (available in eBook format).

• “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice” by Paul Kivel (available in eBook format).

• “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo (available in eBook and eAudiobook formats).