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.
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.