Racial & Social Equity

As our country grieves yet another senseless fatal arrest of a Black American, George Floyd, I implore Michigan libraries and library staff to share books, music and movies with your patrons and with each other that can provide insights into Black history; institutional racism; systemic racial inequality; and may lay out a path to empathy. Black lives matter. We must do everything we can, in our libraries and our communities to fight for justice and equality for all.

– Kristin Shelley, MLA 2018-2020 President (Source)

Recommended Reading Lists

Here are two lists of books for adults that include literary fiction, science fiction, and romance with also history, biography, and workbooks for different perspectives and approaches.


Teen Book Lists

Young Adult books are accessible to both teens and adults.

We’ve included two extra resources for the book  Stamped : racism, antiracism, and you:

an excerpt from the audiobook and an educator’s guide.

Punching the Air educator’s guide (Author Trailer below)

Children’s Book Lists

Books for some of our youngest community members. It is never too early to understand our relationship to others in this world.


I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO – Master documentary filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material. A journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.

KanopyA curated list of selections on the topic of race and social justice.

Video on DemandA list of selections on racial equality.