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The following are available at Peoria Public Library, either in physical or digital formats
For young children’s titles, visit our GoodReads page: https://www.goodreads.com/list/user_vote/7454874
A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing: the Incarceration of African American Women From Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland by DaMaris B. Hill
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
Caste : the origins of our discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittany Cooper
Girl in Black and White: the Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Abolition Movement by Jessie Morgan-Owens
Grace Will Lead Us Home: the Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness by Jennifer Hawes
How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
Jackson, 1964: and Other Dispatches From Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America by Calvin Trillin
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
Motherhood So White: a memoir of race, gender, and parenting in America by Nefertiti Austin
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction by Daniel Brook
The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson
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, ed.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays by Damon Young
When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter memoir by Patrisse Khan-Collors and Asha Bandele
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
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatus
A Good Neighbor by Therese Fowler
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Home by Toni Morrison
New Boy by Tracy Chevalier (Large Print)
Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens
Say Goodbye For Now: A Novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
The Guest by Sarah Blake
The Last Thing You Surrender by Leonard Pitts
The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
We Hope For Better Things by Erin Bartels
Black Lives Matter by Martin Gitlin, ed.
Investigating Institutional Racism by A. Rochaun Meadows Fernandez
The Scottsboro Boys by Duchess Harris
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices
We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
Racism by Chuck Robinson
Rodney King and the L.A. Riots by Rebecca Rissman
Race: A History Beyond Black and White by Marc Aronson
The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake
Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson
Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Backfield Boys by John Feinstein
Fire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen
We’re Different, We’re the Same -- and we’re all wonderful by Bobbi Jane Kates
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson
Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin
Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd
Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe
Thank you, Omu by Oge Mora
Saturday by Oge Mora
The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes
A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson
What is Given From the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack
New Kid by Jerry Craft (graphic novel)
Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Blended by Sharon M. Draper
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee
For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington
Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise our Voices edited by Wade Hudson
Memphis, Martin and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
Some Places More than Others by Renee Watson
So Done by Paula Chase
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
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