Notable books on systemic racism, racial justice, and anti-racism

To encourage learning and research in systemic racism, racial justice, and anti-racism, Bowdoinham Public Library staff share the following list of books available at the library.We are grateful to patrons who made suggestions of titles to acquire, and to those who made donations to support the expantion of this important collection.Dave Asmussen of Blue Bell Farm and Reeve Wood and Hannah Burroughs of Counterpoint Bread both gave a portion of their sales in the days and weeks following George Floyd’s murder to support these book purchases. Come in to the library (Curently open Tuesdays and Fridays) or call to arrange curbside loan.



Racism Collection (1)


Alexander, Michelle The New Jim Crow  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness          2010
Anderson, Carol White Rage The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide 2016
Baker, Calvin A More Perfect Reunion Race, Integration and the Future of America 2020
Baldwin, James The Fire Next Time 1963
Ben Crump Open Season Legalized Genocide of Colored People 2019
Coates, Ta Nahisi The Water Dancer 2019
Coates, Ta-Nehisi Between the World and Me 2015
DiAngelo, Robin White Fragility Why it’s so hard for White People to Talk about Racism 2018
Diouf, Sylviane A. Dreams of Africa in Alabama The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America 2007
Dyson, Michael E. Tears we Cannot Stop A sermon to White America 2017
Forman, James Jr. Locking Up Our Own Crime and Punishment in Black America 2017
Gates, Jr, Henry Louis Stony the Road Reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow 2019
Griffin, John Howard Black Like Me 1960
Irving, Debby Waking Up White And Finding Myself in the Story of Race 2014
Kendi, Ibram X. Stamped from the Beginning the definitive history of racist ideas in America 2017
Kendi, Ibram X. How to be an AntiRacist 2019
Layla F. Saad Me and White Supremacy Combat Racism, Change the World, Become a Good Ancestor 2020
Oluo, Ijeoma So you Want to Talk About Race 2018
Phillips, Patrick Blood at the Root A Racial Cleansing in America 2016
Rankine, Claudia Citizen An American Lyric 2014
Reynolds, Jason Stamped Racism, antiracism, and you 2020
Rothstein, Richard The Color of Law A forgotten history of how our government segregated America 2017
Ta-Nehisi Coates Between the World and Me 2015
Tatum , Beverly Daniel Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race 1997
Ward, Jesmyn The Fire This Time A new generation Speaks about race 2016
William H. Chafe Remembering Jim Crow African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South 2001