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Black Lives Matter and Anti-Racism Resources


Anti-Racism: The work of actively opposing racism by advocating for changes in political, economic, and social life. Anti-racism tends to be an individualized approach, and set up in opposition to individual racist behaviors and impacts. (National Education Association - Racial Justice in Education)

BIPOC: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.  We use the term BIPOC in this resource to identify opportunities that are not specifically for Black people, but Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. 

Black Lives Matter: #BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, they are winning immediate improvements in their lives. (Black Lives Matter)

Systemic Racism: includes the policies and practices entrenched in established institutions, which result in the exclusion or promotion of designated groups. It manifests as inequalities rooted in the system-wide operation of a society that excludes substantial numbers of members of particular groups from significant participation in major social institutions. (Henry & Tator, 2006, p. 352)

Video: Systemic racism explained in a way that a child can understand (Act.TV)

White Supremacy: White supremacy is "the belief system that rationalizes and reproduces white advantage in the political, social, and cultural institutions of society. This belief system holds that white people, white culture, and things associated with whiteness are superior to those of other racial groups. (Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, page 138)


Examine the language you use. 

Racism in Healthcare Reading List
Anti-Racism Reading List
  • How to Be an Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi

  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism -  Robin J. DiAngelo

  • So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness -Michelle Alexander

  • Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century - Dorothy Roberts

  • Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America - Ibram X. Kendi

  • Uprooting Racism: How White People can Work for Racial Justice - Paul Kivel

  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir - Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? - Beverly Daniel Tatum

Anti-Racism and Universities
  • Privilege, Power, and Difference - Allan G. Johnson

  • On Being Included, Racism & Diversity in Institutional Life - Sarah Ahmed

  • Creating Multicultural Change on Campus - Raechele Pope, Amy Reynolds, John Mueller


ACLU Racial Justice 
The American Civil Liberties Racial Justice Program, "aims to preserve and extend constitutionally guaranteed rights to people who have historically been denied their rights on the basis of race."

Black Lives Matter Chicago
Black Lives Matter Chicago is an intersectional vehicle that values Black people and our right to self-determination. We fight for justice with families most impacted, while working to create just and equitable systems. We work to end state violence and criminalize of Black communities by deconstructing white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchy. We are 100% volunteer run.

Campaign Zero
Research, policy and action group dedicated to addressing police violence

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The NAACP is an organization whose mission 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.

Black Lives Matter (Summer 2020)

A message from the Library Team,

We are heartbroken and angered by the events of the past few weeks, including the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. We understand our community is grieving and we grieve with you.

The past few weeks have draw attention to the ongoing systemic issue of police violence. The protests calling for justice give voice to trauma and justified anger in Black communities terrorized by centuries of police violence and anti-Black racism. (ALA)

In this library guide we are putting together resources to help support the broader Black Lives Matter movement and help the cause of racial justice. An important part of this is recognizing the health and health care disparities with the black community, especially in Chicago. We aim to provide resources to support Black health care workers as well as bring awareness and understanding to the racial health disparities in the communities our students will be working in and the communities of which our students are a part.

How Black Americans can practice self-care during these trying times. And how everyone else can help them.

Black Lives Matter