Black Lives Matter

Policing the Black man : arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment book cover

Policing the Black man : arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment

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Nonfiction, Black Lives Matter, Black History

A comprehensive, readable analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, this thought-provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation's most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars. Policing the Black Man explores and critiques the many ways the criminal justice system impacts the lives of African American boys and men at every stage of the criminal process, from arrest through sentencing. Essays range from an explication of the historical roots of racism in the criminal justice system to an examination of modern-day police killings of unarmed black men. The contributors discuss and explain racial profiling, the power and discretion of police and prosecutors, the role of implicit bias, the racial impact of police and prosecutorial decisions, the disproportionate imprisonment of black men, the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, and the Supreme Court's failure to provide meaningful remedies for the injustices in the criminal justice system. Policing the Black Man is an enlightening must-read for anyone interested in the critical issues of race and justice in America.

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Between the world and me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Nonfiction, Literary Nonfiction, History, Memoir, Black Lives Matter, Black History

"For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him -- most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear. What were they afraid of? In Tremble for My Country, Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings -- moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police. In his trademark style -- a mix of lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, essayistic argument, and reportage -- Coates provides readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here"--

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Sulwe

Lupita Nyong'o

jE Nyongo
Picture Books, Black Lives Matter

When five-year-old Sulwe's classmates make fun of her dark skin, she tries lightening herself to no avail, but her encounter with a shooting star helps her understand there is beauty in every shade.

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Max and the tag-along moon

Floyd Cooper

jE Cooper
Picture Books, Black Lives Matter

When Max leaves his grandfather's house, the moon follows him all the way home, just as Grandpa promised it would.

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Farmer Will Allen and the growing table

Jacqueline Briggs Martin

jE Martin
Picture Books, Black Lives Matter

The story of former basketball star and current urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, whose vision of gardening from abandoned urban sites led to a grassroots feeding craze.

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Knock knock : my dad's dream for me

Daniel Beaty

jE Beaty
Picture Books, Black Lives Matter

"A boy wakes up one morning to find his father gone. At first, he feels lost. But his father has left him a letter filled with advice to guide him through the times he cannot be there"--

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Firebird

Misty Copeland

jE Copeland
Picture Books, Black Lives Matter

American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.

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Benny doesn't like to be hugged

Zetta Elliott

jE Elliott
Picture Books, Black Lives Matter

"A little girl uses rhyming verse to describe the unique traits of her autistic friend."--Back cover.

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Big Papa and the time machine

Daniel Bernstrom

jE Bernstro
Picture Books, Black Lives Matter

Discover the true meaning of being brave in this tender and whimsical picture book from Daniel Bernstrom (One Day in the Eucalytus, Eucalyptus Tree) and Shane Evans (Chocolate Me!) that follows a grandfather and grandson who travel through time in a beloved 1952 Ford.

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Lola gets a cat

Anna McQuinn

jE Mcquinn
Picture Books, Black Lives Matter, Diverse Characters, Animals

More than anything Lola would like a cat, but first she must learn how to care for it.

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I love the Lola and Leo books by Anna McQuinn and Rosalind Beardshaw. The books in these two series are always the perfect size and length for lap or small group sharing with toddlers. -Casey