The University of Cincinnati Libraries supports our colleagues from the American Library Association and the Association of Research Libraries in their statements and actions against racism and violence perpetrated against black men and women and all people of color. We agree with President Neville Pinto’s message “that the time to act is now.” As libraries, we provide access to resources and information professionals so that citizens can educate themselves on how to contribute to meaningful change and combat systemic racism.
Below is a short list of UC Libraries resources. While some do require UC affiliation, there are others that are open access. It contains a mix of current and historical perspectives as this is not a new issue our country is confronting, but the time to listen and to learn is now. This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but a starting point for education and conversation.
- Stamped from the beginning: the definitive history of racist ideas in America / Ibram X. Kendi [electronic resource – requires login with UC Credentials]
- White fragility : why it’s so hard for White people to talk about racism Robin DiAngelo [temporary electronic resource through Hathi Trust – requires login with UC credentials]
- Between the World and Me [temporary electronic resource through Hathi Trust – requires login with UC credentials] / Ta-Nehisi Coates –
- The night Malcolm X Spoke at the Oxford Union : A Transatlantic Story of Antiracist Protest / Stephen Tuck with a foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
- The Souls of Black Folk [temporary electronic resource through Hathi Trust – requires login with UC credentials] / W.E.B. Du Bois
- Mourning in America [electronic resource] : race and the politics of loss / David W. McIvor
- 1919, the year of racial violence [electronic resource] : how African Americans fought back / David F. Krugler, University of Wisconsin, Platteville
- Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
- TEDTalks: Kimberlé Crenshaw: The Urgency of Intersectionality
- Moyers & Company: Incarceration Nation (Michelle Alexander, the author of “The New Jim Crow” being interviewed)
Current exhibit on display in the Walter C. Langsam Library
- Women of the Movement: Leaders for Civil Rights and Voting Rights (with link to PDF that gives short bios of the women featured in the exhibit) – https://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/liblog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/BHMhandout_onlineversion.pdf
The Urban Studies Collection of the Archives and Rare Books Library holds information on two of the women featured in the exhibit, Louise Shropshire, originator of the Civil Rights anthem “We Shall Overcome,” and Marian Spencer, local Civil Rights icon, as well as Theodore “Ted” Berry, the first African American mayor of Cincinnati.
The University of Cincinnati Press
- Issues in Race and Society, biannual journal distinguishes itself as an interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and global examination of the increasingly racial and racialized world that connects us all.