A Reading List on Anti-Racism and the Black Lives Matter movement at FSU Libraries

At the FSU Libraries Popular Literature Committee, we want to fight for equity, inclusion, and to provide a safe space for our students and employees who are Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color (BIPOC) to come and be heard and respected.

We will not stand for racism at FSU Libraries and we are committed to providing a place to facilitate conversations and a space for learning about racism, inequality, and the struggle of BIPOC in America.

Below is a list of books currently available for students and employees of FSU at FSU Libraries through our curbside pickup (and some digitally) now. This list has been researched and cross examined with other lists from similar institutions, as well as a list published by Ibram X. Kendi who is a professor and the director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.

While normally the Pop Lit committee only highlights the books we have in our Popular Literature collection, we felt it was important to provide the titles on this list including those from the general and electronic collections as well as Pop Lit. All of the titles below are linked to the FSU catalog for quick and easy access.

Furthermore the Pop Lit Committee will be allocating the remainder of our special funds to purchase more books on this topic to further provide resources for our students and staff so we can have a true open, honest, educated, and vulnerable conversation and work together to erase systematic racism and further the conversation outside of our walls, into our classrooms, homes, social groups and more.  We stand with our BIPOC students and coworkers. We stand against inequality, police brutality, and racism. We will continue to the best of our ability to keep our entire FSU Libraries family safe and give everyone the chance to educate themselves and be better.

UPDATE: This selection of new orders of Popular Literature books on this topic can be found here

In the Popular Literature Collection

The Hate U Give

On the Come Up

Between the World and Me

White Fragility

Locking Up Our Own

When They Call You a Terrorist

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

In the General Collection at Strozier Library

Heavy: An American Memoir


The Half Has Never Been Told

Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit

Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the image of American Democracy

Too Heavy a Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves

When and Where I enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America

Are Prisons Obsolete?

Taking Bullets: Terrorism and Black Life in Twenty-First Century America: Confronting White Nationalism, Supremacy, Privilege, Plutocracy and Oligarchy: A Poet’s Representation and Challenge

North of Slavery: The Negro in the Free States, 1790-1860

They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and A New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy

Anti-Racism: An Introduction

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

How to be an Anti-Racist

Chokehold: Policing Black Men

Citizen: An American Lyric

Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

West Indian Immigrants: A Black Success Story?

The Bluest Eye: A Novel

Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

The Fire Next Time

Black For a Day: White Fantasies of Race and Empathy

Their Eyes Were Watching God

The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life

In the General Collection at Dirac Science Library

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings


The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systematic Racism & Engage in Collective Healing

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Rrban America

Newly Ordered E-Books

Chokehold : policing black men

I’m still here : black dignity in a world made for whiteness

Why I’m no longer talking about race

How to be an Anit-Racist

An African American and Latinx history of the United States

Autobiography of Malcolm X

A more beautiful and terrible history : the uses and misuses of civil rights history

The fire this time : a new generation speaks about race

The color of money : Black banks and the racial wealth gap

The price for their pound of flesh : the value of the enslaved from womb to grave in the building of a nation

Fatal Invention: How science, politics, and big business re-created race in the twenty-first century

The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of tax havens

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the world, and Become a good ancestor

Youth in a Suspect Society: Democracy or Disposability?

Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics

The Blood of Emmett Till

Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the foundations of a movement

One Person, No Vote: How voter suppression is destroying our democracy

Fight for freedom and other writings on civil rights: The collected works of Langston Hughes V. 10

I love myself when I am laughing . . . and then again when I am looking mean and impressive : a Zora Neale Hurston reader

A Burst of Light: and other essays

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