Anti-Racism reading lists

Some resources for anti-racism and social justice work at the U.

Anti-racism is a priority for the U of M Libraries

Dean of the Libraries, Lisa German, said, "Antiracism is a journey, as Ibram X. Kendi tells us in How to Be an Antiracist, and we commit to identifying and addressing the ways white supremacy manifests itself throughout all aspects of librarianship. We must be accountable for this work. Our U Office for Equity and Diversity says: We all share responsibility for equity and diversity — it’s everybody’s everyday work. We are committed to making this a priority for the University of Minnesota Libraries."

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Racial Equity Fund - Sample of new items

Discover sample of purchases made with the Racial Equity Fund. Find recently purchased print and electronic books, videos, databases and more!

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Mapping Prejudice Project

Map from Mapping Prejudice"This research is showing what communities of color have known for decades. Structural barriers stopped many people who were not white from buying property and building wealth for most of the last century.

In Minneapolis, these restrictions served as powerful obstacles for people of color seeking safe and affordable housing. They also limited access to community resources like parks and schools. Racial covenants dovetailed with redlining and predatory lending practices to depress homeownership rates for African Americans. Contemporary white residents of Minneapolis like to think their city never had formal segregation. But racial covenants did the work of Jim Crow in northern cities like Minneapolis.

This history has been willfully forgotten. So we created Mapping Prejudice to shed new light on these historic practices. We cannot address the inequities of the present without an understanding of the past."

Find U of M experts who work on topics related to racism and racial discrimination

Experts @ Minnesota contains public profiles of University faculty and staff and public pages for departments, colleges, campuses, and centers. You can search and connect with faculty and staff working on topics of interest. 

Find U of M experts who work on topics related to racism and racial discrimination


Umbra Search African American History

Streaming Documentaries and Video

Includes documentary titles such as: 

  • PUSHOUT: The Criminalization Of Black Girls In Schools - Takes a deep dive into the lives of Black girls and the practices, cultural beliefs and policies that disrupt one of the most important factors in their lives - education.
  • Slaying the Dragon - Media Stereotypes of Asian & Asian American Women
  • I Am Not Your Negro -  An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, it explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism.
  • Exterminate All the Brutes  - An eye-opening journey through time, offering an incisive look at the history of European colonialism in Africa and the Americas.
  • The Mask You Live In - Follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity.
  • Whose Streets? - Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, it is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising.

Selection of recommended readings

Below are a selection of online books and readings on the broad topic of anti-racism. We have more online books, journal articles, and sources in our Libraries Search and article databases.  

Reading for Racial Justice from University of Minnesota Press

Reading for Racial Justice

"The University of Minnesota Press is committed to challenging white supremacy, police violence, and unequal access to criminal justice, education, and resources in Minnesota, the United States, and throughout the world." To promote understanding and action for change, here is a selection of over 100 books on racial justics.

Reading for Racial Justice from the University of Minnesota Press

Anti-racist readings for white people from student journalist

from Annie Hoffman, Libraries Student Journalist, reflects on student life during COVID-19, 

"As we mourn George Floyd’s death and try to honor his life through opposing violent policing and systemic racism, it is essential that white people like me make meaningful commitments to antiracist work. If you are white and unsure of where to begin, these books are all a good place to start. Reading work by Black writers and untangling your own racism is an important first step."

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Last Updated: Dec 19, 2023 9:45 AM