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.
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