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Anti-Racism, #BlackLivesMatter, and Civic Action

Readings and resources on topics of anti-racism, white supremacy, abolition and prisons, policing, protest, and civic activism.

About this Guide

The purpose of this guide is to provide general information and research resources on anti-Black racism, anti-racist learning and practice, the Black Lives Matter movement, and related activist movements. This guide is being developed by librarians and staff, with input from members of the Mason community. We offer this guide as a starting point, not an exhaustive set of resources. We will update this guide as we collect more resources and hear from the Mason community. 

The creators of this guide, many of whom are white, acknowledge that racially biased structures and practices have shaped and continue to shape the library and the university. The design of this guide is informed by ongoing conversations about dismantling these biases in libraries and academia.  

What's in this guide:

Explore books and articles for anti-racist learning; research on policing and abolition; and resources for community, care and activism.

NOTE: When e-books or other materials are not available through Mason Libraries, we link to the DC Public Library system. Residents of the District and most surrounding counties in MD and VA are eligible for a DCPL card and can sign up fully online.