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
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
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
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
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
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?
Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America
How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective
Black For a Day: White Fantasies of Race and Empathy
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
An African American and Latinx history of the United States
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
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