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All American Boys
Jason Reynolds

When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.

Behind You
Jacqueline Woodson

After fifteen-year-old Jeremiah is mistakenly shot by police, the people who love him struggle to cope with their loss as they recall his life and death, unaware that 'Miah is watching over them.

Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Call Number: 305.800973 C652 2015

Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings-moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police.

Black and White
Paul Volponi

Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.

Black Lives Matter
Sue Bradford Edwards, Duchess Harris

Call Number: 305.896 E26 2016

Black Lives Matter covers the shootings that touched off passionate protests, the work of activists to bring about a more just legal system, and the tensions in US society that these events have brought to light.

Citizen: an American lyric
Claudia Rankine

Call Number: 811.54 R2111c 2014

Recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV - everywhere, all the time. 

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
Phillip Hoose

On March 2, 1955, a slim, bespectacled teenager refused to give up her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Shouting 'It's my constitutional right!' as police dragged her off to jail, Claudette Colvin decided she'd had enough of the Jim Crow segregation laws that had angered and puzzled her since she was a young child. But instead of being celebrated, as Rosa Parks would be when she took the same stand nine months later, Claudette found herself shunned by many of her classmates and dismissed as an unfit role model by the black leaders of Montgomery.

The Fifth Season
N. K. Jemisin

Series: The Broken Earth

season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

Getting Away with Murder: the true story of the Emmett Till case
Chris Crowe

Call Number: 364.152309 T574Zc

Presents a true account of the murder of fourteen-year-old, Emmett Till, in Mississippi, in 1955.

How It Went Down
Kekla Magoon

When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.

John Lewis

Call Number: 328.73092 L674ZL3 2013

John Lewis's autobiographical account of his lifelong battle for civil rights for all Americans.

Walter Dean Myers

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and the courtroom in the form of a film script, as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

Racial Profiling and Discrimination: your legal rights
Corinne Grinapol

Call Number: 363.23089 G866 2016

Information about racial profiling and descrimination and what to do if you have been profiled. 

A Wreath for Emmett Till
Marilyn Nelson

A lyrical look at the life and fate of the young boy who helped spark the civil rights movement. 

X: a novel
Kekla Magoon, Ilyasah Shabazz

Cowritten by Malcolm X’s daughter, this fictional take on the life of Malcolm X is as inspirational as it is educational.  

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