To assist Northwestern Law faculty, staff, and students with accessing books on racism, the law library has obtained e-books for many of the titles recommended on the Office of Inclusion & Engagement’s Racism Resources list, Ibram X. Kendi’s Antiracist Reading List, and Bridgette R. McCullough’s Booklist to Make Yourself Innocent.
We thank Bridgette McCullough (member of the NLaw community) and the Office of Inclusion & Engagement for sharing these resources as part of the Real Conversations: Racism, Allyship, and Police Reform program on June 3.
The following links are to e-books available through NU Libraries (please note that the publishers often limit the number of users who can access an e-book copy at a time, so access information is noted below):
- New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (unlimited users)
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (single user)
- The Philadelphia Negro by W. E. B. Du Bois (unlimited users)
- The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois (unlimited users)
- Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory Edim (single user)
- The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain by Langston Hughes (unlimited users – essay)
- White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg (single user)
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (1-2 concurrent users)
- Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde (unlimited users)
- Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous? by Haki R. Madhubuti (single user – temporarily available via HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service)
- Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love, and So Much More by Janet Mock (single user)
- West Indian Immigrants: A Black Success Story? by Suzanne Model (temporarily available via Project MUSE for free through June 30)
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (single user – temporarily available via HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service)
- Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad (unlimited users)
- Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts (single user)
- Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition by Cedric J. Robinson (unlimited users)
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (1-2 concurrent users)
- Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago by Flint Taylor (unlimited users)
- How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (unlimited users)
- The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman (unlimited users)
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley (unlimited users)
Project MUSE is temporarily making a selection of scholarship on the history of structural racism available here.
Prefer audiobooks? For a limited time, Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America is available to stream on Spotify for free here.
Prefer physical books? Our library system owns print copies of many of the titles listed above as well as additional titles mentioned on these three book lists. You can search NUsearch, our library catalog, to see if we have print copies available for checkout when our library is able to safely resume circulation services.
Main Library has created a research guide containing links to several anti-racism and race awareness materials.
If the title you are interested in is already checked out or not owned by NU Libraries, you can see whether it is available through the Chicago Public Library or through your city’s public library. Alternatively, we encourage you to consider purchasing these titles through Semicolon Bookstore, the only Black woman-owned bookstore in Chicago.