This collection of anti-racism resources, works by Black authors, list of organizations and resources was compiled by a non-Black WOC librarian at UT Libraries for patrons. The guide was created to provide a starting point for the UT community to educate ourselves, reflect on our societal privileges, listen to Black voices and take action against structural racism. It is a living document. Recommendations and feedback are welcomed from the community. Before you explore the guide, it is recommended that you read this article on how to effectively engage with anti-racist resource lists:
“The books are there, they’ve always been there, yet the lists keep coming, bathing us in the pleasure of a recommendation. But that’s the thing about the reading. It has to be done.”
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) stands firmly with people throughout the world protesting police brutality and systemic oppression following the recent, brutal killings of Black Americans including George Floyd in Minnesota, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky. Against the backdrop of a health and financial crisis disproportionately affecting the Black community and other communities of color, these incidents further remind us that racism manifests in systems, policies, norms, practices, and behaviors that range from disadvantage to the loss of life and liberty within racialized and marginalized communities. ARL also acknowledges people of color working within our member institutions who are doing so in times of extraordinary stress and uncertainty.
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