Anti-Racist Resources

Our recommendations for enlightenment during this trying time
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As we strive to overcome racial tension and fight injustice together, we want to provide integral anti-racist resources with our community. One way to educate ourselves is by reading books and sharing the Black experience in America.

Anti-Racist Reading List is available here.

Our Libraries’ Diversity and Inclusion Anti-Racist Reading List is meant to help create a discourse for anti-racism. Created by St. Pete’s Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, it includes library-owned resources that were curated from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s list, American author and historian, as well as other anti-racists books in our collections. It is by no means comprehensive but serves as a starting point.

For further research, we invite you to explore our African-American History Collections and learn more about the individuals, families, and organizations. These collections document the culture, contributions, and lived experiences of the Black community.

Although the journey toward enlightenment doesn’t end here, we hope that you utilize this reading list and our collections as the stepping stone.

“By not running from the books that pain us, we can allow them to transform us.”

–Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Black and white photograph of nine women who were members of the Tampa Urban League sitting in the grass in front of a house. The woman seated in middle wearing a light colored dress is Clara Alston. The woman on left wearing a striped blouse is Blanche Armwood, a famous Tampa educator. (“Group of women members of the Tampa Urban League,” 1925. From Burgert Brothers Collection of Tampa Photographs, USF Libraries Digital Collections.)
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