In the letter from the Birmingham jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.”
In response to recent events, the DC Public Library seeks to create constructive tension to help people talk, and learn, about racism. The Library has made available unlimited ebook copies of “Why We Can’t Wait” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Our Movement” by Charlene Carruthers, “Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor,” by Layla F. Saad and “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo.
In the last week of May, the number of requests to borrow ebooks and audiobooks about race increased tenfold. These and other titles have been curated into a Black Lives Matter reading list. Reading lists have also been developed for talking to children and for talking with teens about race.
The entire list of recommended reading can be found at dclibrary.org/node/67175.