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Libraries Stand Against Racism

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          Amarillo Public Library, the Library Advisory Board, and Friends of the Amarillo Public Library stand with libraries all over the country to condemn racism and to express solidarity with black people and all people of color.  Please see statements issued by our professional organizations, the American Library Association and Texas Library Association, as well as a statement from the Texas State Librarian:

American Library Association

Texas Library Association

Mark Smith, Texas State Library and Archives Commission 

          Nationwide protests, including in the City of Amarillo, since the death of George Floyd have led to a marked increase in reading antiracist books.  Our collection also reflects that increased interest.  Many of our books like How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander are checked out and have multiple holds.  Across the country it has actually become difficult to obtain print copies of these books because they are sold out. 

          Thanks to support from the Friends of the Amarillo Public Library, we are increasing our collection of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, as well as adding titles to our DVD collection.  The new ebook and audiobook titles are now available for checkout through the 3M Cloud Library on our website and can be easily located on a Black Lives Matter bookshelf at the top of the page.  The new DVD titles should be available for checkout by the end of June.   

          In the meantime, diversity within our collection has always been a pillar of our mission to educate and enlighten, so we are sharing this list of available resources here.  It is not exhaustive, but is a good place to start for people wishing to educate themselves about the problems of racial inequality embedded in our society.  Keep reading after the list for more online resources and ways to get involved. 



An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz

America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A Black Women's History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali N. Gross

Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips

Collected Essays by James Baldwin

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward

The Grace of Silence: A Family Memoir by Michele Norris

Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? by Mumia Abu-Jamal

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

I Can't Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street by Matt Taibbi

Just Mercy:  A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow

Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation by Steve Luxenberg

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in American by Ibram X. Kendi

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and A New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery

We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood by Dani McClain

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

White Fragility:  Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin J. DiAngelo

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson



Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina

Just Mercy:  A True Story of the Fight for Justice—Adapted for Young Adults by Bryan Stevenson

Long Way Down by Jason Alexander

March:  Books One, Two, and Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Illustrator)

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

Stamped by Jason Alexander and Ibram X. Kendi

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable – Adapted for Young Adults by Michael Bennett and Dave Zirin

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

Your Black Friend by Ben Passmore



Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Brave, Black, First: 50 + African American Women Who Changed the World by Cheryl Willis Hudson

Bronzevile Boys and Girls by Gwendolyn Brooks

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry With a Beat edited by Nikki Giovanni

Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Tight by Torrey Maldonado

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson



Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick D. Barnes

Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

I Am Brave: A Little Book About Martin Luther King, Jr by Brad Meltzer

I Love My Hair by Natasha Tarpley

Lizzie Demands a Seat: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights by Beth Anderson

Mahalia Jackson:  Walking with Kings and Queens by Nina Nolan

Martin and Mahalia:  His Words, Her Song by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama

Overground Railroad by Lesa Cline-Ransome

The People Could Fly: The Picture Book by Virginia Hamilton

The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne by Lesa Ransome-Cine

Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

We March by Shaun Evans



12 Years a Slave



Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman


The Butler

Do the Right Thing


Get Out

The Hate U Give

If Beale Street Could Talk

The Help

Hidden Figures


I Am Not Your Negro

In the Heat of the Night

Lady Sings the Blues

Lilies of the Field


Malcolm X


Men of Honor

Queen & Slim

A Raisin in the Sun

Red Tails

Roman J. Israel, Esq.





Talking About Race

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has launched Talking About Race, an online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity, and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture.

Anti-bias Education - A Selection of Children's Books for Each Topic

A list of children's picture books that have been selected as companions to each of the chapters in the new Anti-bias Education book.

 Oakland Public Library – Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice

A list for parents, caregivers, and educators of titles, digital resources, and videos compiled by the Oakland Public Library system.

We Need Diverse Books

We Need Diverse Books™ is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

"The Other America" – A Speech by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

The text of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech at Grosse Pointe High on March 14, 1968, just weeks before he was assassinated in 1968.



Amarillo Branch NAACP

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.  The local branch’s Facebook page can be found here.

Campaign Zero

An offshoot of the Black Lives Matter movement, Campaign Zero’s agenda is ending police violence by focusing on research and policy solutions for elected representatives.

Showing Up for Racial Justice

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. 

Kidcasts:  Black Voices

A podcast playlist for kids, families & teachers.

21-Day Racial Equity Building Challenge

For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.  The plan is adaptable and includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections.