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Resources - Race and Justice

several book covers from the list below

For patrons searching for books on race and justice, our librarians have brought together a wide range of social justice resources that we hope you'll find helpful in these uncertain times. Whether you're discussing current events unfolding with your children, your teens, one another, or you're merely learning for yourself (and we are always learning and growing) the following books, media, articles, podcasts and more are here for you to use. Items in our online catalog may be reserved and you can check them out using our curbside pickup service. Online resources, including ebooks and eaudio at OverDrive and Hoopla, are indicated where available.

Books and Media

Race and Justice - Books, Movies and Audiobooks for all ages at JCPL

African American Nonfiction at OverDrive

African American Voices at Hoopla



Talking About Race - From the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, a guide to help empower your journey and inspire conversation.

158 Resources to Understand Racism in America - Smithsonian Magazine compilation of articles, videos, podcasts and resources.


Streaming Free (June 2020)

13th - Full feature, Netflix, free Via You Tube 

Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.

Just Mercy - Full feature (multiple platforms)

A powerful and thoughtprovoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.

Selma - Full feature, Paramount Pictures (multiple platforms)

Ava DuVernay’s powerful drama Selma tells the incredible story of how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the epic march from Selma to Montgomery to secure equal voting rights in an event that forever altered history.