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Social Justice: Black Lives Matter

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The movement began in 2013 with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African American student. Since then, it has grown into an international grassroots organization dedicated to the eradication of violence against people of color, race and intersectional-based discrimination of all kinds, and systemic racism. Founded by the originators of the hashtag, Alicia Garza, Patrice Cullors, and Opal Tometi, the organization operates without hierarchical leadership and largely relies on social media to organize protests and speak out, often in response to acts of police brutality against Black people.

Here you will find resources of varying formality related to Black Lives Matter and antiracism. The eBooks found here are available to the University of Detroit Mercy community via Blackboard login, while the other resources listed can be accessed freely online. There are many more resources available online, as well as in the Library. Also consider checking out related resources found in the Library's African American Studies and Race, Inclusion and Society guides, or Detroit Mercy Dental's DEI Toolkit..

If you have questions or need help finding or evaluating a resource, please contact a librarian

Open Access Scholarly Articles

Antiracism and Whiteness


The Making of Black Lives Matter

A condensed and accessible intellectual history that traces the genesis of the ideas that have built into the #BlackLivesMatter movement in a bid to help us make sense of the emotions, demands, and arguments of present-day activists and public thinkers.

African Americans and the First Amendment

Timothy C. Shiell utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to demonstrate that a strong commitment to civil liberty and to racial equality are mutually supportive, as they share an opposition to orthodoxy and a commitment to greater inclusion and participation. 

Law Enforcement in the Age of Black Lives Matter

As we enter a time period in which police interactions are recorded (dash cams or body cams, for example) and new populations are being targeted (Latinx people), there is much to learn about what is working and what is not.

They Can't Kill Us All (eBook)

A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it.

Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva's acclaimed Racism without Racists documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, there lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for--and ultimately justify--racial inequalities. The fifth edition of this provocative book makes clear that color blind racism is as insidious now as ever. 

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness

George Lipsitz's classic book The Possessive Investment in Whiteness argues that public policy and private prejudice work together to create a possessive investment in whiteness that is responsible for the racialized hierarchies of our society. 

Fatal Invention

This groundbreaking book by the acclaimed Dorothy Roberts examines how the myth of biological concept of race--revived by purportedly cutting-edge science, race-specific drugs, genetic testing, and DNA databases--continues to undermine a just society and promote inequality in a supposedly "post-racial" era. 

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice

"This accessible, personal, supportive, and practical guide is ideal for students, community activists, teachers, youth workers, and anyone interested in issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice." 

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Local Black-Owned Bookstores

While the Detroit Mercy Library should be able to provide our students, faculty, and staff with the information resources they need for their coursework or other research, inevitably there will be times patrons wish to purchase books that may or may not be available through our campus bookstore. While the Library does not endorse or promote any particular bookstore, here are some local Black-owned bookstores that sell titles related to Black Lives Matter and other related (and unrelated) topics.