Hartford Public Library staff has assembled a collection of books, websites and articles about anti-racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The list below is just a selection of what is available in HPL's Black Lives Matter guide . We will be adding more information to the website. Please check back!

Here are a few of the dozens of titles recommended by the Hartford Public Library staff.

If there are books on the lists that you don't see in our collection, please let us know !

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates. In this urgently relevant collection featuring the landmark essay "The Case for Reparations"; the National Book Award-winning author of "Between the World and Me" ;reflects on race, Barack Obama's presidency and its jarring aftermath,i ncluding the election of Donald Trump.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. T he  New York Times  best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.
DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and "allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to bad people. 

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi . From the National Book Award–winning author of  Stamped from the Beginning  comes a groundbreaking approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.

The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

Moral Monday CT gathers voices in the struggle for freedom and justice for black and brown people.

The Center for Economic and Social Justice  is a unique business centered solution to a centuries old issue of income disparity and redistribution of wealth to ensure continued success for  all .

Katal works to strengthen the people, policies, institutions, and movements that advance health, equity, and justice for everyone.

RE · Center is committed to building an equitable and just world where everyone has what they need to grow and thrive. We work in partnership with youth, families, schools, and communities to facilitate nurturing spaces where people can understand and challenge systemic racism and oppression. 

CTCORE-Organize Now! is dedicated to building communities of racial justice freedom fighters to dismantle systemic and structural racism in the state of Connecticut.

The GARE is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all.
Campaign Zero believes we can live in a world where the police don't kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.

Black Lives Matter’s mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.

The ACLU’s mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

Color of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, helping people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.

The organization’s mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics' maintains more than a dozen national data collections, covering federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and special topics in law enforcement.

Graphics showing the spread of police violence throughout America.

How do you measure justice?

Data outlining incarceration trends in America, racial disparities in incarceration, drug sentencing disparities, and the effects of incarceration.

An analysis of #BlackLivesMatter and other Twitter hashtags related to political or social issues.

Finding from a 2019 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences

Black Lives Matter: Claiming a Space for Evidence-Based Outrage in Obstetrics and Gynecology

New York Times | June 2020

Research on law enforcement and racial conflict in the wake of Ferguson